Pfizer vaccines reach Poland

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Over 380,000 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Poland on Monday, and 200,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected later in the week, a health ministry official announced on Monday.

Waldemar Kraska, a deputy health minister, said on public TV that the Pfizer vaccines were part of a supply of 4.5-million doses ordered by Poland for the first quarter of this year.

Kraska admitted that vaccine producers were, every now and then, providing different amounts of vaccines, but said that Pfizer had pledged to provide the entire 4.5 million doses as planned.

Kraska also stated that in the second quarter, 2.5 million doses of the newly-approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine should arrive.

Asked if it was possible for Poland to purchase Chinese or Russian vaccines, Kraska said vaccines had to be safe and effective, and that Chinese or Russian vaccines would only be considered if they were approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). He added that EMA has not yet certified any vaccines from either country.