Poland will definitely obtain a vaccine against COVID-19; the country has a great influence on negotiations and the purchase of a vaccine at the EU level, Health Ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz said on Friday.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, in an opening address at a Cabinet Council meeting on Friday, said that the eradication of the coronavirus and the related threat can only be achieved through a vaccine and medications.
The Polish government wants to join the EU agreement on the purchase of a potential vaccine against COVID-19, according to a draft resolution put on the legislative agenda of the Council of Ministers.
Poland has allocated over PLN 400 million (EUR 90.9 million) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, including funding for research on the coronavirus, vaccines, drugs and tests, the Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.
Poland has already ordered 1.5 million flu vaccines and is in talks for the purchase of a further 1.5 million, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska announced on Monday.
It is the state's responsibility to ensure that Poles have access to a coronavirus vaccine, Polish President Andrzej Duda top aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Tuesday commenting on Duda's earlier statement.
Poland is spending over PLN 400 mln (EUR 88 mln) on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, funding vaccine, drug and test research, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński said at a Tuesday press briefing, as quoted in his ministry's press release.
A group of 12 people have received a potential vaccine against the COVID-19 disease as part of clinical trials carried out in Germany, Pfizer Poland Country Manager Dorota Hryniewiecka-Firlej has said in an interview with PAP.
The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the four Visegrad Group (V4) member countries, have pledged EUR 3 mln to speed up the development of a vaccine and drugs to fight the coronavirus epidemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.
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