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Next batch of COVID vaccines due to arrive in Latvia next week

The next 13,650 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to arrive in Latvia next Monday or Tuesday, the LETA newswire reported December 29, citing the State Medicines Agency. 

The agency said that the producer has promised to deliver the next batch of Covid-19 vaccines on January 4 or 5. 

"Pfizer and BioNTech plan to deliver the whole amount of vaccines ordered by Latvia in the first quarter of 2021, enabling vaccination at the same rate as in other EU member states," the agency said. According to publicly available information, Latvia has ordered 97,500 doses of the Comirnaty vaccine, which would be enough to inoculate 48,750 people. 

As previously reported, voluntary vaccination of medical staff began at vaccination points in ten Latvia's hospitals on Monday. 

The first vaccines against the coronavirus were delivered to Latvia last Saturday. The first delivery contains 9,750 doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. The vaccines are stored frozen at minus 75 degrees centigrade.

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