Pfizer has postponed delivery of new batches of its coronavirus vaccine to eight European nations, including Spain, the Spanish Ministry of Health said on Monday, one day after the EU launched its vaccination campaign.
The Spanish Pfizer subsidiary informed Madrid on Sunday evening of the delay in deliveries to the eight nations due to a “problem with the loading and shipping process” at their Belgian plant, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
It was not specified which European nations other than Spain were affected.
Pfizer has informed the ministry that the problem has “already been resolved” but the next shipment of vaccines “will be several hours late” and will arrive in Spain on Tuesday, a day later than expected, the statement said .
When asked about the delay during an interview with Radio Ser, Health Minister Salvador Illa said it was due to an issue “related to temperature control” of the broadcasts “appears to have been fixed”.
The vaccine must be stored at extremely low temperatures of around -70 degrees Celsius before being delivered to distribution centers in specially designed cool boxes with dry ice.
After being stored at extremely low temperatures, the vaccine must be kept at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius in order for it to remain effective for up to five days.
Spain is expected to receive 350,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine per week over the next three months.
Most EU states started their vaccination campaigns against the virus with the Pfizer BioNTech push this weekend, starting with the elderly, healthcare workers and politicians.
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