The Malta Independent 15 April 2021, Thursday

PM says he will wait his turn to take vaccine; Grech again denies PN MPs asked to skip queue

Bettina Borg Monday, 8 March 2021, 17:22 Last update: about 2 months ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela has said he will wait his turn for the vaccine instead of getting any precedence over others.

The issue was raised during parliament this evening, where Speaker of the House Anglu Farrugia made an appeal that Members of Parliament should be given the vaccine as soon as possible.

Farrugia said that this would enable Parliament, the country’s highest institution, to continue functioning without hindrance.

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In response to the appeal, Abela said that he, as Prime Minister, should have no priority over anyone vulnerable in need of the vaccine, and he will get the vaccine when it is rightly his turn.

Farrugia made his appeal as he delivered two rulings, requested by the Opposition, over claims by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne that PN MPs had asked him to jump the vaccination queue.

The PN had denied that any of its MPs made such a request, but Fearne said he had Whatsapp messages to prove that this had really happened.

Both of the Opposition’s requests for the Speaker to declare that there was a breach of privilege were turned down.

Opposition Leader Bernard Grech said he would appeal the rulings. He again insisted that no PN MPs had asked to skip the queue. Despite saying he had proof, the Deputy Prime Minister had not produced any he said. He challenged Fearne to name names.

He also said that the Opposition MPs would also be waiting their turn for the vaccine, adding that they would not be part of a “vitiated” process run by those who were only interested in winning votes.

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