Dirty fight: Fin Min on AstraZeneca controversy

"Markets trust AstraZeneca's product. I think it is just a dirty fight, both political and business. This is huge money," Tadeusz Kościński, Minister of Finance, Funds and Regional Policy, commented on the controversy over the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Mr Kościński received his first dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. When asked if there were any negative effects, he replied "absolutely not." "I have already forgotten the vaccination, I didn't even feel the needle," he said.

"It is politics and business. Over 450 million people in the world got vaccinated with at least the first dose," Tadeusz Kościński stressed and pointed out that the markets trust AstraZeneca.

"It is very important for us, for our families. Let's vaccinate to end this pandemic as soon as possible," Mr Kościński appealed.

According to the Economist weekly, the most doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, as many as 3 billion, can be provided by the AstraZeneca-Oxford University consortium. The Pfizer-BioNTech consortium can provide approximately 1.3 billion doses, and Moderna 500 million to 1 billion doses.