1 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses From Poland Arrive in Australia

By Reuters
August 14, 2021 Updated: August 14, 2021

SYDNEY—Australia has secured about 1 million additional doses of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine from Poland that will start arriving on Sunday night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

The doses, provided by the Polish government, will be targeted for Australians ages 20 to 39 years old, particularly in the 12 NSW local government areas in Sydney where transmission numbers have spiked to record highs. They will get 530,000 doses.

Australia previously contracted for 14 million Pfizer doses, Morrison said.

At a news press conference in Canberra, Morrison expressed thanks to Poland and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

“A key factor in being able to secure these doses from our Polish friends has been we have had a significant outbreak in our largest city,” he told reporters.

The Polish embassy in Canberra said in a statement that it was reselling these doses on a non-profit basis.

It said Poland has recently offered to share vaccines mainly with low and middle-income countries, including its Eastern neighbours and Balkan countries.

“The decision to also add Australia to the list was taken against the backdrop of the current outbreak of Delta variant in the country, following the talks between both countries’ officials, including the Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers,” it said.