More than two thirds of Poland’s COVID-19 medical advisory body resigned Friday saying the government was not heeding their advice in its response to the pandemic. The mass resignation comes days after a regional education official drew criticism for describing vaccination against COVID-19 as an Experiment.

Poland has recorded more than 100,000 virus-related deaths, and less than 60% of the 38 million population is vaccinated. In response to an infection surge due to omicron, Poland’s government has introduced restrictions on access to indoor public areas, but avoided a lockdown or outdoor mask mandate.

Poland PM, Morawiecki’s office responded saying that in its decisions the government had to take into account various differing opinions coming also from businesspeople, educators and others. It said the formula of the advisory body will be changed, but gave no details.

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