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Deputy Health Minister Maciej Miłkowski said that Poland will resell 4 million of the 20 million vaccines purchased from AstraZeneca. The vaccines are to be resold to countries outside the European Union (EU).
Poland buys 20 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines
Deputy Health Minister Maciej Miłkowski announced that Poland will resell 4 million of the 20 million vaccines purchased from AstraZeneca. 16 million doses of this vaccine have been listed in the National Vaccination Programme.
The vaccines are to be resold to countries of the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans, e.g. Ukraine, Georgia or Albania. Formal EU approval for the resale of the vaccines is still pending.
According to preliminary declarations of the company, all doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are to be delivered in the first half of the year. The deputy minister informed that there is no confirmation yet as to how many doses of the vaccine will be delivered to Poland in the second quarter of the year, but most likely the realisation of the agreement will not end in the second quarter of 2021.
Nearly 2.5 million vaccinations performed in Poland
As of 18 February 2021, a total of over 2.3 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been performed in Poland, with over 1.6 million coronavirus infections confirmed in Poland to date.
Poland has contracted nearly 100 million doses of vaccine, including 20 million from AstraZeneca (including 4 million for resale), 41 million from Pfizer/BioNTech, about 17 million from Johnson & Johnson, nearly 7 million from Moderna and nearly 6 million from CureVac. So far, the European Medicines Agency has approved Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca’s vaccines.