Opposition lawmaker blames gov't for high Covid death toll

Borys Budka’s accusation came as Poland passed the milestone of 100,000 Covid-related deaths on Tuesday. Rafał Guz/PAP

A leading member of the main opposition Civic Coalition bloc has accusing the Polish government of being responsible for many of Poland’s Covid deaths.

Borys Budka’s accusation came as Poland passed the milestone of 100,000 Covid-related deaths on Tuesday.

"These 100,000 deaths due to Covid-19 are a burden for those in power," said Budka, the head of the Civic Coalition parliamentary caucus, on Tuesday.

He added that if the government "was made up of responsible people, a significant number of these deaths might not have happened."

"Let me remind you that they have people in their ranks who question the sense of vaccination," Budka said pointing to Education Minister Przemysław Czarnek and Janusz Kowalski, an MP from Solidary Poland, a party that is a member of the ruling United Right coalition, who, according to Budka, has even discouraged people from getting vaccinated.

He said that if he had been health minister, he would have resigned because of this.

"If someone inside (the ruling PAP) camp... sabotages all activities that could have an effect... a responsible minister of health should have long ago said goodbye to such a government," Budka said.

He added that for the ruling Law and Justice party the support of anti-vaccine communities is more important than the health and life of Polish citizens.