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Finance Ministry director: ‘No economic logic’ in awarding grants to encourage vaccination

The director-general of the Finance Ministry says there is “no economic logic” of using financial grants to encourage vaccination among those who are still not immunized against COVID-19.

“This sends a bad message to those who got vaccinated,” Ram Belinkov is quoted as saying during a briefing by Army Radio.

He also predicts there will be low adherence to lockdown rules if they are imposed and says that even if morbidity gets worse, unemployment benefits won’t be granted on a long-term basis.

“There’s a risk that employers will take advantage of putting workers on furlough during the holiday period, when output is low, at the expense of the state.” Belinkov says.

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