According to a press release from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the first delivery had gone “according to plan”, with the vaccine parcel repacked for the regions.
“It feels good that we have now reached this step and that we in Sweden can within a few hours begin offering protection against Covid-19,” Anders Tegnell, Sweden's state epidemiologist, said in the statement.
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This weekend, Sweden will only receive 9,750 doses, enough to vaccinate 4,900 people, with regions likely to receive a second delivery over the New Year. eventually, Sweden expects to receive 80,000 doses a week.
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According to the agency, it is working “intensively” with the 21 regions which run Sweden's health system day-to-day and with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKR).
According to the agency, the first doses would be offered to those “who have the greatest need of protection”, for example, those who live in elderly care homes.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Pfizers/Biontech's vaccine on Monday, opening the way for doses to be sent out to member states.
Och redan i dag får Sverige 9 750 doser av vaccinet i en första leverans och i vissa regioner inleds vaccineringen redan under söndagen. Då vaccinet ges i två doser per person kommer denna inledande levervens att räcka till strax under 5 000 personer.