Corona vaccine: 60,000 doses expected in each week of January

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Nationwide vaccination start with Biontech/Pfizer preparation in old people’s and nursing homes on January 12. Approval of Moderna vaccine in EU expected Wednesday.
A week after the first 10,000 or so doses of Biontech/Pfizer’s Corona vaccine arrived in Vienna on St. Stephen’s Day, partial shipments of about 60,000 doses a week are expected to begin next week and continue throughout January. After the vaccination start on December 27, 2020, the participation of those affected in Austria so far is well over 50 percent, the health ministry further reported on Saturday.

It also said that tolerance has been very good so far in the thousands of trial vaccinations in nursing homes and Covid wards across Austria. These vaccinations to gain experience for logistics, procedure and implementation will continue in the coming week in numerous other retirement and nursing homes in the provinces. In addition, starting on Tuesday, January 5, the process of submitting vaccine requirements by the authorized management of the nursing homes and care homes as well as Covid stations will begin in the e-Shop of Bundesbeschaffung GmbH (BBG).

Based on these requests, delivery is made through 17 distribution centers throughout Austria to ensure the necessary prudent handling of the vaccine. The aim is to prepare for rapid nationwide simultaneous vaccination throughout Austria from January 12, the department said.

After an approval decision of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the vaccine of the U.S. pharmaceutical company Moderna is expected for January 6, Austria could thus obtain another 200,000 doses of this second mRNA vaccine in this period in addition to the million Biontech/Pfizer doses expected for the first quarter. This must be stored frozen at minus 20 degrees and also requires two partial vaccinations.

“Our strategy of vaccinating directly to affected individuals will be carefully prepared and can then be rolled out at a faster pace nationwide and simultaneously.” – As a result, the required second vaccination can also be prepared and implemented “very precisely and on time,” said Health Minister Rudi Anschober.

  • Source: kurier.at/picture: pixabay.com
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