Still less than half of Poles are fully vaccinated. The pace is falling, but new vaccines – in line with previous contracts – are going to our country. However, they also go further, because the government sells some of them to others. Material of the magazine “Polska i Świat”.
The holiday was supposed to be the best time to vaccinate as many people as possible before the likely tough fall and the fourth wave of infections. Willing people are still there, but vaccination rate it has slowed down significantly in recent weeks. 18 million people, or 47 percent of Poles, are now fully vaccinated.
And another – previously contracted – deliveries of vaccines are going to Poland. As RMF FM reports, the government decided to resell million doses to Spain and 500,000 to Portugal. – On the basis of the accumulated stocks and international agreements obliging Poland to purchase further batches of vaccines, a decision had to be made – says the former president of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical and Biocidal Products, PhD n. Farm. Leszek Borkowski.
The point is that the preparation does not end up in the trash. So far, 160,000 doses have been disposed of. Importantly, vaccines can only be sold for what they were bought for. – The price of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is concreted. You bought it for 1 PLN, you sell it for 1 PLN. You do not make money on it, this is the rule – says Borkowski.
Vaccination problems in Ukraine
According to information from the Ministry of Health, another million doses will go to Ukraine and probably 400,000 to Georgia. In Ukraine, less than 6 percent of the population was vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine. The vaccination program was launched there a few months later than in Poland – also due to the difficult access to preparations and competition for that market of pharmaceutical companies from Russia and China.
– Unfortunately, Ukraine is not in the European Union and thus is in a lost position – says Maria Piechowska from the Polish Institute of International Affairs. – It is not a strong enough country that would be able to secure the supply of vaccines earlier, like Israel – he adds.
– The Ukrainian market was attempted to take over the Russian Sputnik V, promoted by the pro-Russian party For Life – explains Jan Piekło, the former Polish ambassador to Ukraine. – Fortunately, it did not work – he adds.
The vaccines that eventually appeared on the Ukrainian market are not very popular now. – The government of Ukraine has provided vaccines from India. It is a vaccine licensed by AstraZeneka, but there is a great reluctance to get vaccinated with this vaccine – explains Piechowska. – A certain pool was provided by the Chinese government, but there is even greater distrust of this vaccine – he emphasizes.
Jan Piekło explains that in Ukraine “there is also a powerful propaganda of anti-vaccine circles”. Belarus, Albania and Vietnam, among others, are also to be interested in buying vaccines from Poland.
Quoted in July by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the head of the Governmental Strategic Reserves Agency assured that the warehouses would keep a stock of vaccines for Poles of several million.
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