Health minister says 10,000 vaccination doses possible after Christmas

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If a decision on permitting coronavirus vaccinations is taken before Christmas then just after the holidays the first batch of 10,000 doses may appear in Poland and the health authorities are ready to distribute them, the health minister said on Thursday.

Adam Niedzielski told a press conference that Poland is in constant contact with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and has a representative there who informed Polish authorities a few days ago that there is a chance that a sitting of the agency, which is to decide on the admissibility of the Pfizer vaccine, will be moved from December 29 to December 21.

The comment came in response to a statement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the first Covid-19 vaccinations could start in the European Union on December 27, 28 and 29.

"If that decision is in fact taken, then really the first batch of 10,000 vaccinations could appear here just after Christmas," Niedzielski said. "We are already prepared to redistribute them to those hospitals that are participating to the greatest extent in the fight against Covid-19."

The EMA has said that if an expert panel meeting on December 21 gives the Pfizer vaccine a green light, the European Commission will fast-track the decision process to grant permission for the vaccines to be used in the member states.