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Around a million people could receive COVID-19 vaccines next year in Latvia

Vaccines delivered to Latvia over the next year could be provided to around a million people, the Ministry of Health said December 1.

An information report from the Ministry of Health on the vaccination strategy against COVID-19 shows that at the moment all the vaccine producers who have informed about the progress of their vaccine studies have yet to register COVID-19 vaccines. However, the Ministry of Health and the responsible authorities are preparing for the moment when the vaccine will be registered and available.

So far, the National Health Service has entered into an agreement on the supply of vaccines with four vaccine manufacturers — AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), BioNTech/Pfizer, CureVac. It is currently not possible to predict whether the registration process will be successfully concluded for all vaccines. It is also not possible to determine which of the vaccines will be the most efficient, effective and safe, and it is not known exactly which vaccines will be available most quickly.

The predicted costs of COVID-19 vaccines, their delivery, logistics and implementation in 2021 stand at €26.7 million, the Ministry of Health said.

LSM previously reported that first in line for vaccination  will be medical workers, then customers and employees of social care centers, then people in risk groups.

First vaccinations should be available early next year.

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