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Czech Republic Ousts Third Health Chief in Six Months on Covid Struggle

  • President blames Blatny for blocking unathorized Sputnik V jab
  • Czechs remain among world’s worst-hit nations by coronavirus
Jan Blatny
Jan BlatnyPhotographer: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images
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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis fired his third health minister in just over six months as his government grapples with one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks in the world and a botched vaccination roll-out.

With opinion polls showing Babis’s ruling ANO party trailing opposition rivals before autumn elections, the prime minister replaced Jan Blatny on Wednesday with Petr Arenberger, the director of a hospital in Prague.