‘Today 29.000 Moderna’s vaccines were brought to our warehouse. It is currently being verified that the correct temperatures were maintained during transport. Once this is completed, the vaccines will be dispensed as ordered by the hospitals in the upcoming days. We are very keen to make sure that vaccination of people in group ‘zero’ is as quick and efficient as possible’ - said the President of the Material Reserves Agency (MRA).
He added that the next delivery of vaccines from Moderna is expected in two weeks.
Kuczmierowski informed that the Agency is also already providing vaccines to temporary hospitals. According to the information provided by the government, vaccinations of medical staff have been launched in temporary hospitals in Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Katowice.
‘We decided to allow medics to get vaccinated at special points in the temporary hospitals because the vaccination in hospitals might last longer. Currently, these facilities receive vaccines produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, we do not exclude that they will also receive Moderna vaccines. Since Monday we have been establishing with the hospitals what their demand is and according to that we will be making deliveries’ - said Kuczmierowski.
The President of MRA pointed out that in a few weeks' time vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University may also come to Poland. On Tuesday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it had received an application for conditional approval of the vaccine and it would be considered on an expedited basis - with an opinion on the vaccine possibly due on 29th January.
‘We expect that AstraZeneca's vaccines will be available in Poland within a week after the EMA decides on its approval for use’ – said Kuczmierowski.
Currently, two vaccines are approved for use in the EU. On December 21, 2020, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine called Comirnaty and Moderna's one was approved on January 6, 2021. Both vaccines are given in two doses, in the case of Comirnaty, the interval between them should be at least 21 days, in the case of Moderna - 28 days.
Source: Poland Daily, niezalezna.pl, pap.pl