Updates: 12.01.2021 15:04
Prague – The medical material purchased for the covid vaccination by the State Material Reserves Administration (SSHR) is to serve as a reserve for the order of the Ministry of Health from the joint tender of the European Commission. The chairman of the SSHR, Pavel Švagr, told ČTK today. According to him, the administration expects the first delivery to the warehouse on Thursday, namely 16,000 bottles of diluent with a volume of 100 milliliters (ml). Baxter Czech should supply them.
Server iROZHLAS dnes wrotethat the state still supplies the coronavirus vaccine without the necessary medical supplies, such as needles and syringes. According to the website, hospitals must take them from their stocks and warn that they will not have enough of them. The Czechia has also joined the joint pan-European tender, the union is ordering material from China, the server informed.
Today, my brother-in-law recalled that in mid-December, the government ordered the administration to purchase six million sets of needles and syringes, as well as diluent and needles and syringes to dilute the vaccine. “These stocks are to serve as a reserve. 12 million needles and syringes from a joint tender from the European Commission, ordered by the Ministry of Health, should be used for vaccination against covid-19 alone,” he said.
According to him, in December, SSHR immediately contacted possible manufacturers and suppliers and within a few days concluded contracts for the supply of medical supplies, the order of which it was tasked with ordering. “On Thursday, they should bring 16,000 pieces of 100 ml diluent to our warehouse. At the end of January, the syringes should arrive, as well as the needles and syringes needed to dilute the vaccine,” he added.
Earlier posts on the administration’s Twitter account suggest that six million syringes should be added to government reserves by the end of January. to add Slovak company Chirana T. Injecta. He has another 800,000 needles and 800,000 syringes for diluting the vaccine by 29 January to add company Perfect Distribution. At the end of the year, the SSHR signed two contracts for a total of six million needles – four million promised to add again by Perfect Distribution and two million by B. Braun Medical. Even in twitter posts, the administration repeatedly notes that the material is to serve as a reserve.
The iROZHLAS website also stated today that in the joint pan-European tender, to which Švagr refers, the Czechia demands eight million syringes with a fixed needle, 12 million syringes and 12 million needles. The server noted that the Czech Republic did not join the tender until December, while the commission offered this to member states in October. Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES) said last week that the delivery of material from China could take up to two months. The Minister of the Interior and Chairman of the Central Crisis Staff Jan Hamáček (CSSD) offered the Ministry of Health to help with the faster transport of aids from China.
According to a document discussed by the government last December 7, the Czechia will need about 12 million needles and syringes. However, as of last Thursday, the Ministry of Health registered 369,075 syringes and 282,420 needles for vaccine administration at 16 subordinate hospitals and medical facilities, as well as 679,325 syringes and 317,880 needles for dilution. The government’s vaccination strategy draws attention to the possibility of a lack of vaccination aids. “However, given the assumption of a worldwide increase in the consumption of this material, there may be a risk that not enough of these goods will be available on the market, especially during the spring,” it says.
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