Health comes before economy, PM says, praising gov't crisis response

The prime minister thanked those who have contributed to the success, as well as all Poles who "have bravely endured the discomforts of the national quarantine." Tomasz Gzell/PAP

The health of Poles cannot be sacrificed for economic results, but Poland has managed to get the best of both worlds in its response to the coronavirus pandemic, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Friday.

The prime minister said he had been receiving praise from across Europe for the Polish government's response to the pandemic, in terms of healthcare and economic measures.

In this context, Morawiecki quoted a favourable analysis by a Spanish economist from IESE Business School and Boston University, Professor Luis M. Huete.

"This outstanding academic compared medical and economic data and, based on that, he showed which countries were effective in protecting their economies and which focused on the protection of the health and lives of their citizens," Morawiecki said, pointing to the fact that Poland had been assessed particularly favourably in Huete's analysis and had been listed alongside the best-developed countries in the world, such as Germany, Japan and Denmark.

"Our fight with coronavirus continues, but not for a moment do we cease to believe that one cannot sacrifice the health of Poles for economic results. This would be unethical. Credit for our success should go to (Health) Minister Lukasz Szumowski and the thousands of doctors and medical personnel. At the same time, we swiftly developed the drafts of the Anti-Crisis and Financial Shields. Given the huge scale of the problems, it turns out that these solutions work! They protect jobs and the Polish economy," the prime minister wrote.

The prime minister thanked those who have contributed to the success, as well as all Poles who "have bravely endured the discomforts of the national quarantine."