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Latvia expects shortage of vaccines to continue for a month

In Latvia, an 'acute shortage' of vaccines against Covid-19 is expected to last throughout March, Eva Juhņēviča, head of the Vaccination Project Bureau, told Latvian Television March 4.

The Vaccination Bureau is trying to stick to its target of 2,000 vaccinated people per day. That goal was reached last week, and the plan is to meet it also this week. The pace and capacity of vaccination in Latvia is increasing but is being held back by a simple lack of vaccines to hand out.

"We are looking at a slightly better situation for next week, as another supply of AstraZeneca vaccines is planned, but the following week is already scheduled for both AstraZeneca and Moderna deliveries. But in any case, I have to say very honestly that March will be very challenging for us, precisely because of the supply of vaccines," Juhņēviča said.

She pointed out that there are currently no vaccines in storage rooms, all have been provided to medical authorities and family doctors' practices. Between March 8 and April 14, deliveries of 164,000 vaccines are planned. 

"But I have to say immediately and warn that plans are changing all the time. These are the unapproved deliveries. They are planned but still not approved. This information changes literally every day and every hour," said Juhņēviča.

She said that reduction in vaccines the previous week made vaccination difficult for medical staff and seniors earlier this week.

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