Several vaccine deliveries fail due to miscommunication in Latvia

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On Wednesday, March 10, a number of vaccination offices have not received their vaccine deliveries, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts said on Twitter.

The Minister said that Oribalt, the vaccine supplier, had failed in this situation.

There was a disagreement or miscommunication about the schedule for the delivery of vaccines with the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The situation has been addressed, said Pavļuts.



According to the Ministry of Health's statement, on the evening of March 10, the representative of Oribalt Ltd refused to name the vaccination points to which the vaccines have been delivered, and was unable to explain the exact plans for the delivery of vaccines on 11 and 12 March. The spokesman for Oribalt Ltd categorically rejected the alternative solutions offered by the Ministry to supply vaccines, under the pretext of the end of the working hours and proposing to continue to address the situation on the morning of March 11.

Health Ministry is currently developing alternative logistical solutions for vaccines so that vaccination points can be supplied as soon as possible.

Vaccine deliveries at vaccination points have been delayed this week due to a change in the vaccine supplier. The Ministry of Health apologizes to family doctors and medical treatment institutions that have not received the vaccines ordered in good time, as well as to those residents who will have their vaccinations postponed due to the non-delivered vaccines. VM is currently negotiating with the supplier Oribalt on the performance arrangements.

As previously reported, Latvia will soon have to be ready for mass vaccination, as large volumes of vaccines are expected to be delivered early April. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has expressed confidence Latvia will be ready to handle large volumes of vaccines.

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