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Poland moots change to vaccine strategy as COVID-19 cases soar

04.03.2021 07:40
Amid a spike in COVID-19 infections, Poland’s health minister has said his country is mooting a change to its inoculation strategy, including extending the interval between giving out the first and second doses of a vaccine.
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“We’re analysing two scenarios. One is vaccinating people who have recovered (from COVID-19) with one dose – within a period of more or less six months after a positive test result,” Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said.

He added: “The other scenario is extending the period between the first and second dose.”

Poland on Wednesday reported almost 15,700 new infections, up by more than 3,500 on a week ago.

Niedzielski warned that a third wave of the epidemic was “accelerating”, and announced the Polish government would hand out free face masks to regions most hit by the coronavirus.

Temporary hospitals

He also told reporters that temporary hospitals would be opened in nine provinces, including the northern Pomerania region, where cases have risen sharply.

Meanwhile, domestic biotechnology firm Mabion has struck a deal with US drug maker Novavax to produce a COVID-19 vaccine. It would be the first coronavirus vaccine to be manufactured in Poland.

Polish health officials on Wednesday reported 15,698 new coronavirus infections and 309 more deaths, bringing the country’s total number of cases during the pandemic to 1,735,406 and fatalities to 44,360.


Source: Polish Radio