Seven million vaccine doses to come to Poland over next 4-5 weeks: PM

In the next four-five weeks, seven million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Poland, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday in Pyrzowice, southern Poland. He also announced that additional restrictions will be introduced a week before and a week after Easter to suppress the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At a press conference during a visit to a temporary hospital in Pyrzowice, Mr Morawiecki assessed that the confusion with the AstraZeneca vaccine was unnecessary, but the European Medicines Agency has already commented on this and determined it to be a safe product.

“Today we are already seeing more and more registrations for this vaccine. This is good, because today we have to use all the resources we have,” ​​he emphasised.

“In the next four-five weeks, a total of seven million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will reach Poland. Apart from the currently available Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, we will receive the one from Johnson & Johnson,” the PM announced.

He also referred to the results of the ongoing vaccination programme. “In the medical group, there is a sharp decrease in [the number of] infections and severe or very severe cases. This is the best evidence that the vaccine works,” he added.

However, he noted that the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic must be suppressed. “That is why in the near future we will implement further restrictions that will apply for two weeks: a week before and a week after Easter,” Mr Morawiecki said.

The prime minister expressed his hope that this will not only lead to a reduction in the number of hospitalisations but also to suppress the third wave of the pandemic.

“For which, fortunately, we already have an effective remedy, an effective vaccine response,” he assessed.