The Polish government is trying to increase the supplies of Covid-19 vaccines so it can vaccinate millions of people a month.
Piotr Mueller, the government’s spokesman, told public broadcaster Polish Radio 24 that, logistically, Poland is prepared to vaccinate three to four million citizens a month.
“We’re hoping that the supplies may increase and we’re making efforts to achieve that,” he said. “In the next quarter, the supplies should be much bigger, and we’re expecting that the vaccination levels will be much higher then.”
“However, the government is also taking steps to increase the supplies for the first quarter but, naturally, at this stage we have not yet had confirmation of any additional supplies,” he added.
More than 153,000 people had been vaccinated by Wednesday afternoon, Mueller said, but all of them require a second jab a few weeks later to achieve the required immunity level.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday gave the green light to a new vaccine, produced by the US biotechnology company Moderna. The EMA’s opinion was later endorsed by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm.
The Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that “we have authorised the @moderna_tx vaccine, the 2nd vaccine to be approved in the EU.”
Poland received the first Covid-19 vaccines, made by Moderna’s competitor Pfizer in collaboration with the German firm BioNTech, on December 25. So far, 670,000 doses have been supplied in two batches.