22:48 13 July 2021
Post by: WBJ

Poland will sell its stock of vaccines to other countries

Poland will sell its stock of vaccines to other countries
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According to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, since Poles do not want to be vaccinated, the government will sell its stocks of vaccines to other countries in order not to waste them.

Preparations bought earlier by our government are now to go to Georgia and Ukraine. But Vietnam and even remote Australia have also expressed interest. In total, depending on the demand in Poland, by the end of the year, we will have sold tens of millions of doses to other countries. The government’s decision is the most tangible proof that the interest in vaccinations among Poles is decreasing.

As politicians explain to us, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have relatively short expiration dates. Within two months some doses could be out of date. That is why we have started talks on their sale,” Minister Michał Dworczyk, the government plenipotentiary for the vaccination program, tells DGP. This is to be handled by the Government Agency for Strategic Reserves (RARS), he adds.

Our interlocutors from the European Commission emphasize that from the very beginning of the negotiations with companies a provision was introduced enabling a possible resale of preparations to the third countries. There is one condition: you cannot make money on it.

"There is no fear that our stocks will be insufficient due to the beginning of the procedure of selling vaccines outside the EU. We plan to always have a stock of several million,” says Michał Kuczmierowski, head of RARS. According to the agreements signed with pharmaceutical companies, we are to receive almost 100 million doses this year. So far we have used 31.5 million. 14.5 million Poles have been vaccinated twice. "Even if this number is doubled, there are still tens of millions of doses to be used," adds Dworczyk. 


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