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Latvia might have a deficit of vaccines at the end of January

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a press conference January 13 that the past two days have seen the largest number of people vaccinated against Covid-19.

It was previously discussed that the pace of administering vaccines in Latvia is too slow. Pavļuts said that Monday and Tuesday proved that it has picked up. On Monday, a record number of people received vaccines - 1,312 - but on Tuesday the figure was even higher, at 1,592.

At the end of January, it is possible that there will be a shortage of vaccines and queues might form.

Latvia has received a total of 30,225 Pfizer vaccines in three deliveries so far, while on Tuesday the first batch of 1,200 Moderna vaccines was received. According to the Ministry of Health (VM), an additional 2,000 doses of Moderna vaccines are scheduled to be received January 25. As a result, approximately 14,000 medics shall be vaccinated in January.

Next deliveries of vaccines are scheduled for February. According to VM, in the week starting February 8, Latvia will receive 5,000 doses of Moderna vaccines and another 1,600 in the week starting with February 22. The greatest expectations are put on vaccines developed by AstraZeneca, the Minister for Health said, with hope that Latvia will receive the first “big batch” of these vaccines in February.

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