40,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive in Latvia

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More than 40,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca have been delivered to Latvia in the latest consignment to arrive, the Health Ministry said March 31.

All necessary controls have been performed on a the batch of 43,200 doses and the vaccines will be transported to the vaccination sites to continue vaccination in the coming days. The vaccines received will be used to vaccinate priority groups. 

Currently, Covid-19 vaccine warehousing and logistics services for AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are provided by two vaccine logistics companies - JSC "Recipe Plus" and SIA "Magnum Medical". The logistics of Pfizer vaccines are provided by Recipe Plus from their storage location at the National Blood Donor Center.

On March 30, Latvia received 25,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine, giving 55,000 doses to be administered in coming days.

The head of the vaccination office Eva Juhņēviča said that 10 to 12 thousand people a day could be vaccinated against Covid-19 during the Easter holidays.

To date, four Covid-19 vaccines have been registered in the EU by BioNTech/PfizerModernaAstraZeneca  and the Belgian company Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a European subsidiary of the US pharma giant Johnson & Johnson.

Latvia has also applied for vaccines developed by CureVac, Novavax and Valneva which are still awaiting approval.

The vaccination plan provides for the first vaccination of  eight priority groups. 



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