“Over the past year, we have battled a virus in which doctors, nurses and health officials, the vast majority of whom are women, have played a key role. We are wholeheartedly grateful to them for that,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the global virus crisis had not turned into a security crisis. She noted that in addition to providing assistance during the crisis, the Defense Forces continued to ensure military readiness and cooperation with allies in international operations, which means that the pandemic has not adversely affected the Allied presence or activities in Estonia.
“NATO membership and the transatlantic link are the cornerstones of Estonia’s security, and our security is an essential part of Europe’s security. All of this requires commitment from us as friendships and alliances, our will to protect, our reputation and our international security Credibility is especially important in times of crisis, “she said.
To overcome the crisis, Kallas said most of the work to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on economic coping, mental health and education gaps still lies ahead.
“The start of the vaccinations gives us reason to be more hopeful and confident than we were last year. In light of this hope, let’s celebrate today’s anniversary with dignity,” she said.
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