Poland receives first COVID-19 vaccines - PM

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First Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines arrived in Poland late on Friday, which the prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, called "a great step in fighting the epidemic."

The first batch of 10,000 vaccines was transported to the Material Reserves Agency warehouse near Tomaszow Mazowiecki in central Poland from Pfizer's facility in Puurs, Belgium, before 7 am on Saturday.

The prime minister wrote on Facebook that "everything went according to plan and the first 10,000 doses will be distributed within hours to more than 70 nodal hospitals across Poland."

"I believe that thanks to the National Vaccination Programme we will gradually reach herd immunity and 2021 will be a year of fast return to normal life in Poland," Morawiecki wrote.

Morawiecki said earlier that the country would receive 1.5 million doses of the vaccine by the end of January.

Poland is to launch vaccinations on Sunday. Medics, social workers, uniformed services, teachers and senior citizens are the first groups to get the jabs.