The government signed an additional purchase contract for 3 million Pfizer vaccines on the 15th. The supply period is expected to be advanced from 3Q to 1Q.
Worldwide, uncertainties in the production and supply of the COVID-19 vaccine are increasing. In particular, the amount of vaccines in the first half is limited.
Accordingly, in order to prepare for uncertainty, the government signed a contract to purchase 3 million additional Pfizer vaccines in addition to 10 million Pfizer vaccines, for a total of 13 million (26 million doses) of Pfizer vaccine.
Initially, the introduction period was scheduled in the third quarter, but early supply negotiations with pharmaceutical companies were underway, and 500,000 supplies will be supplied by the end of March, the first quarter, and 3 million people will be supplied in the second quarter.
Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is undergoing approval review by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, and vaccination is scheduled to begin in April when the national shipment approval for the vaccine introduced in late March is completed.
On the other hand, the Pfizer vaccine, which is separately imported through COVAX, is scheduled to be introduced in Korea from late February to early March.
Reporter Moon Se-young [email protected]
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