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Deputy Health Minister Prymula plans to depart Health Ministry

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Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula, an epidemiologist who headed the Czech Crisis Staff in March and has recently been responsible for the smart quarantine project, wants to leave the Health Ministry at the end of May unless two conditions are met, he told Seznam Zpravy server today.

Prymula said he told Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) about his plan. He said he would not specify the conditions under which he would stay at the ministry now.

He said he originally wanted to move from the ministry to the private sector already in January, but he stayed because of the following coronavirus pandemic. He said he would like to work in commercial pharmaceutical research, for example.

Prymula said he would talk with Babis about his possible departure from the ministry next week.

He said neither of his conditions concerned the security vetting, which he should have originally received by mid-March to be allowed to be a deputy minister. The ministry has postponed this deadline. On March 12, the state of emergency was declared in the Czech Republic over the coronavirus epidemic.

Prymula told CTK on March 12 that he wanted to have only a part-time job at the ministry, but that Babis convinced him to reconsider it at the time of the pandemic.

Prymula heads the Czech Vaccinology Society. He was the rector of the Purkyne Military Medical Academy in Hradec Kralove, east Bohemia, director of the Hradec Kralove Teaching Hospital and aide to health minister Miloslav Ludvik (Social Democrats, CSSD). Ludvik named him deputy health minister for medical care in March 2017.

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