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Vaccinations against COVID-19. Michał Kuczmierowski, president of RARS: within a week, almost a million doses of vaccines in Poland

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On Monday, a supply of 380,000 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech companies and about 360,000 doses from the AstraZeneca consortium should reach Poland, said the president of the Governmental Strategic Reserves Agency, Michał Kuczmierowski. He added that in the coming days we should also receive about 200,000 doses of Moderna. – The biggest problem for us is still smaller than expected deliveries – admitted Kuczmierowski.

On Thursday morning, 62,000 doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca were to arrive in Poland, which were to be distributed for the purposes of group zero vaccination. However, the delivery was canceled by the manufacturer.

On Sunday, the president of the Governmental Strategic Reserves Agency, Michał Kuczmierowski, announced that “on Monday morning we expect the delivery of 380,000 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer.” – There should also be a delivery from AstraZeneca. It is supposed to be an overdue delivery from Thursday and a normal, scheduled for that day, a total of about 360,000 doses – he said.

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Kuczmierowski added that these deliveries are to be distributed to vaccination centers on Tuesday and Wednesday. – The doses from Pfizer will be used to vaccinate seniors in population points, while the AstraZeneki vaccines will be used to vaccinate group zero – he explained.

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A total of over 900,000 doses of vaccines will be delivered to Poland next week

The president of RARS announced that the delivery of vaccines from Moderna is also expected in the coming week. As he said, it will be about 200,000 doses. This means that, according to announcements, about 940,000 doses of vaccines will be delivered to Poland in the next week.

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– The biggest problem for us is still smaller than expected deliveries of vaccines. We could have many more people vaccinated each week. Additionally, our actions are complicated by untimely deliveries and differences in terms of schedules – said Kuczmierowski.

– We hope that the situation will change significantly in the second quarter. At the same time, we have high hopes for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which should soon be adopted by the EMA (European Medicines Agency – ed.) – he added.

What is vaccinated in Poland?

In Poland, three vaccines against COVID-19 are administered, which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency, have received the approval of the European Commission and have been approved for use in the EU. These are preparations of the following companies: Pfizer / BioNTech (a preparation called Comirnaty), Moderna and AstraZeneca. They are all given in two doses.

The first two vaccines rely on mRNA technology. Comirnates must be stored and transported at a temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius, the substance Moderna – minus 25-15 degrees Celsius. Once removed from the freezer, they can be stored for one month (Moderna) or five days (Comirnaty) at 2-8 degrees Celsius.

AstraZeneki is a vector vaccine. It was allowed on the EU market at the end of January. The unopened vial can be stored for 6 months at 2-8 degrees Celsius.

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