The pharmaceutical company Pfizer has informed the Ministry of Health that the next delivery to Spain of vaccines against COVID-19 scheduled for this Monday will be delayed to Tuesday, as reported by the department of Salvador Illa.
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In a statement, the Ministry of Health explained this morning that Pfizer Spain had communicated “that the delivery to Spain of the compromised vaccine shipment is postponed from Monday to Tuesday.”
According to Health, Pfizer Spain has indicated that “this very night it has been informed by its factory in Puurs (Belgium) of the delay in shipments to eight European countries, including Spain, due to a problem in the loading and shipping process.”
The department directed by Illa adds that, according to the pharmaceutical company, “the situation is already resolved”, although “the next delivery of vaccines will be delayed a few hours and will arrive in Spain on Tuesday, December 29, for the continuation of vaccination throughout the territory national”.
The first 9,750 Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines arrived in Spain on Saturday from Belgium in two containers, the same ones that have been sent to each Member State of the European Union (EU) for this “first symbolic delivery,” as explained this Sunday by the CEO of Pfizer Spain, Sergio Rodríguez.
In an interview with EFE, Rodríguez recalled that this first shipment was received on Saturday by technicians from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products and members of the Management Committee of Pfizer Spain, at the ID Logistics facilities in Guadalajara.
This first delivery of vaccines was scheduled to be expanded starting this Monday with another 350,000 planned doses, an amount that will be received every Monday for the next 12 weeks until reaching a total of 4.5 million drugs, which will be destined to this first stage to the priority groups.
The European Commission has contracted with Pfizer / BioNTech a total of 200 million doses, of which Spain accounts for 10 percent -around 20 million- according to its population.