Norway’s Health Minister: Norway is prepared for reduced deliveries of AstraZeneca’s vaccines

Bent HøiePhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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Vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca may deliver fewer vaccine doses to Norway than planned. The Norwegian health authorities have already taken this into account, according to the Minister of Health.

“Norway has been aware of the uncertainty about deliveries from AstraZeneca. This has also been taken into account in the vaccination scenarios of the National Institute of Public Health (FHI),” Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) told news bureau NTB.

On Tuesday, it was announced that AstraZeneca could only deliver 90 million doses of its corona vaccine to the European Union (EU) in the second quarter of 2021. 

That is half of what was agreed, and the company also had problems with deliveries in the first quarter.

The delivery problems also affect Norway, but Høie added that it is not known precisely how many vaccines Norway will receive in the future.

“Therefore, the FHI operates with a sober and optimistic scenario for when different parts of the population will be vaccinated,” he said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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