At least 10 mln monthly vaccinations possible says PM

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Vaccinations could hit 10 million a month, the Polish prime minister said on Monday, owing to a significant increase in vaccine supplies.

Speaking in the southern town of Gliwice Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that over 250,000 vaccinations were carried out on Friday alone, and added that the vaccination rate should increase as more vaccines flow into Poland in the coming weeks.

"At least 10 million vaccinations a month is realistic. Vaccine supplies will be decidedly larger," he said.

Morawiecki added the increase in vaccine supplies was partly the result of Polish pressure on the EU. He also said that he and Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, have already discussed supplies for the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year, as well as 2022.

Improved access to vaccines should speed up the National Vaccination Programme, he said, adding that Poland should receive a total of around 5.5 million doses in the 2nd quarter of the year.

The prime minister also said that the effects of the vaccination programme should become apparent in the coming weeks.