COVID-19: Thursday delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines canceled

"Thursday's delivery of 62,000 vaccines from AstraZeneca has been cancelled by the manufacturer. This is an absolutely scandalous situation," the Head of the Governmental Strategic Reserves Agency, Michał Kuczmierowski, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) on Thursday.

"Today's shipment of 62,000 vaccines from AstraZeneca has been cancelled. It may arrive next week," said Mr Kuczmierowski.

He explained that "procedural problems with the release of a certain batch of vaccines were given as the reason for the delay." "Consequently, deliveries have been rescheduled to another week," he added.

"AstraZeneca informed us at the last minute. This situation is absolutely outrageous for us. Such practices are demolishing the vaccination schedule in the country," stressed the agency’s president.

Mr Kuczmierowski also announced that, according to the schedule, the delivery of a Pfizer vaccine is expected next Monday, March 8. "However, we don't know the exact delivery date for Moderna's vaccine yet," he added.

On Thursday morning, 62,000 doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca were to be delivered to Poland to be distributed for the vaccination of 'group zero'.