Poland able to vaccinate some 2.5 mln people during Q1

Adam Niedzielski said that the number of those vaccinated may grow if Poland receives a greater number of vaccines. For the time being Poland has confirmation of delivery of over 5.5 million doses. Marcin Obara/PAP

A maximum of 2.5 to 2.7 million Poles can be vaccinated during the first three months of the year, the health minister said on Thursday.

Adam Niedzielski said that the number of those vaccinated may grow if Poland receives a greater number of vaccines. For the time being Poland has confirmation of delivery of over 5.5 million doses.

The minister added that there is the prospect of receiving a further 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine under the condition that it will be approved by the European Medicines Agency at its January 29 meeting.

Regarding negotiations with vaccine producer Pfizer, which for the time being has cut its deliveries to be able to rearrange its production lines to significantly increase its output, Niedzielski said that Poland, in effect of negotiations, has the company's preliminary declaration that 10 million out of 25 million doses ordered by Poland will be delivered during the first half of 2021.

The 25 million doses are in addition to those ordered within the standard contract with Pfizer signed through the European mechanism, explained the minister.