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Poland refuses to buy more COVID vaccines

24.04.2022 22:27
The Polish government said ‘no’ to paying Pfizer for another shipment of vaccine doses amid Poland’s surplus stock, a Polish daily has reported.
A Pfizer vaccine.
A Pfizer vaccine.Shutterstock/penofoto

The planned purchase of another 67 million Pfizer doses would run up a cost of some 1.4 billion dollars (PLN 6bn) for the Polish economy, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily wrote.

Some 25 million of COVID vaccines are currently lying idle in the Polish stock. Earlier, in an effort to save part of the doses from going to waste, Poland was handing its vaccines down to other countries, including Australia, Iran and Vietnam, the paper explained.

Offering free jabs to Ukrainian refugees hasn’t driven up the demand either, the daily noted.

Poland is hoping to re-negotiate the terms stipulated by the current EU-wide contract with the country’s biggest COVID vaccine supplier, Pfizer, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna pointed out.

However, the dispute between the drug maker and Poland is likely to be brought to court, the newspaper added.

Poland is trailing behind most EU states in vaccinating its population, with a mere 66.3% of the country’s adults being fully inoculated, according to Statista figures.


Source: Dziennik Gazeta PrawnaStatista