Less AstraZeneca vaccines this week - official

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Poland will get 50 percent less AstraZeneca vaccines this week than planned, the Government Agency for Strategic Reserves (RARS) said on Wednesday.

RARS head Michal Kuczmierowski said on radio that this week's supply of AstraZeneca vaccine will number only 80 thousand doses instead of the intended 170 thousand.

He also said that over 870 thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Poland on Monday, and added that this showed vaccine supplies were speeding up, as the delivery equalled about 10 percent of the 8.9 million vaccine doses Poland has received since the pandemic started.

He also said that over a million vaccines have already been distributed to vaccination points this week, and said a further million-plus will be delivered in the following week.

Kuczmierowski said the reduced AstraZeneca supply will not impede Poland's vaccination programme, but admitted that it could cause problems in second-phase vaccinations and hinder a vaccination scheme for the uniformed services.

The first batch of 300,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines will arrive in Poland later in April, he also said.