Poland eyes J&J vaccines from Denmark

In Poland, the vaccine is still being used, and due to it being administered in just one dose, demand for the vaccine is high. [Shutterstock/Golden Shrimp]

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has made an offer to the Danish authorities for Poland to buy back doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson after the product was pulled from the Danish vaccination programme due to rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine, Polsat News TV has reported.

In Poland, the vaccine is still being used, and due to it being administered in just one dose, demand for the vaccine is high. During the long weekend (which included Monday as a bank holiday), a total of 56,000 people were vaccinated with the jab during a special mass vaccination event, where queues formed for hours in the major cities, with additional doses having to be delivered to mobile vaccination points.

However, there is now a shortage of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses for people who have signed up for vaccinations under the regular system in the coming days, a problem that the government said was due to the US company reducing its supplies.

“Poles have a positive attitude to vaccination, and more and more of my compatriots benefit from the protection offered by vaccines. In recent days, I have noticed that Denmark has decided to withdraw the introduction of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on its home market. Should Denmark decide to sell part of its stock, Poland is ready to buy these vaccines back,” Poland’s PM wrote in a letter addressed to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday.

“For Poland and the Poles, it would be something more than a mutually beneficial transaction. It would mean a gesture of solidarity strengthening our partnership,” the PM continued.

“I hope that my proposal will meet with interest and that soon our joint efforts will allow us to overcome the pandemic and its consequences”, Morawiecki stressed in the letter obtained by Polsat News.

The letter was sent to Frederiksen, as confirmed to the media by Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller. “From the very beginning, Poland has been taking action at the European Union level regarding increasing the supply of vaccines. At the same time, we are looking for other possibilities so that this process could be accelerated,” he said.

So far, however, the Danish authorities have not issued an official response to the Polish proposal.

(Anna Wolska | EURACTIV.pl)

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