Contract for coronavirus vaccine to be signed on Wednesday - PM
A contract with the Pfizer and BioNTech SE companies for the delivery of coronavirus vaccines is to be signed on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Monday.
The American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced on Monday that the vaccine project against Covid-19 it is developing has over 90 percent effectiveness. The company said that it could produce up to 1.3 billion doses of the substance in 2021.
The vaccine project is being developed in cooperation with the German biotechnology company BioNTech SE.
The prime minister addressing a press conference called information on the effectiveness of the vaccine "very good, a breakthrough." "This is very good news that brings hope," said Morawiecki, however, adding that the vaccine "cannot be distributed here and now," but said that "we are closer to this moment than we imagined a week or two ago."
The prime minister said Poland is to receive vaccines produced by Pfizer and BioNTech SE under agreements signed by EU countries with the two companies in the summer.
Morawiecki said Poland wants to have at least 20 million coronavirus vaccines, adding that they should be delivered in the spring and said that Poland would receive the vaccines at the same time as other EU countries.
The prime minister also assured that the vaccine will be available to all. "Of course, the vaccine will be available to all those willing to be vaccinated, but we want it to be very widely available, so that everyone can get vaccinated as soon as possible," said Morawiecki.
Morawiecki said that although there is no vaccine today, the government is already working on a plan for its distribution. The vaccine is to be first delivered to seniors and medical services as well as the uniformed services aiding the implementation of pandemic-combatting measures, said the prime minister.