Norway has more than 1 million corona vaccine doses in storage

Jasper LittmannPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Norway has around 1.2 million doses of corona vaccines in storage. These are vaccines that Norway has received but which have not been used in the municipalities so far.

“We will keep the vaccines as long as there is a need in Norway, and there is an opportunity to donate doses we will not use,” Assistant Director of the Corona Vaccination Program at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), Jasper Littmann, told P4 news.

The vaccines can be stored for up to nine months via central storage, and they will not be discarded, he added. Littmann noted that the FHI stores the doses centrally because they have a shorter shelf life once they have been sent out to the municipalities.

“The FHI only sends out vaccine doses that the municipalities have ordered to avoid larger stocks in the municipalities,” he said, adding that the doses with the shortest shelf life are sent out first.

Last week, just under 12,000 doses were administered. Nevertheless, according to Littmann, Norway still receives vaccine doses each month due to emergency preparedness concerns.

He believes the vaccines can be useful if the corona situation changes and, for example, a fourth dose becomes necessary.

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