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Switzerland doubles Pfizer Covid jabs order

Switzerland said on Tuesday it had

bought an additional three million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19

vaccine, doubling the number on order to six million.

“The extra doses will be delivered in stages from April onwards,” the

health ministry said in a statement, adding that it hoped to inoculate every

adult over the coming months.

The wealthy Alpine country of 8.6 million people has struck deals with

several firms for almost 36 million doses — more than enough to vaccinate

the entire population twice over.

“The idea behind procuring vaccines from different manufacturers is to make

sure that sufficient doses of an approved vaccine are available to the public

even if there are delivery problems,” the health ministry said.

If everything goes to plan, everyone who wants a jab will have had one by

the summer, the statement said.

So far, only the Pfizer jab and one made by US firm Moderna have been

cleared by regulators.

Switzerland has already taken delivery of 1.2 million vaccine doses in

total and administered nearly 950,000, with more than 330,000 people now

fully vaccinated having received their second dose.

The government expects available vaccine doses to “increase sharply” over

the next three months.

Switzerland has also bought into the Covax scheme, which should eventually

ensure a stream of vaccines for up to 20 percent of the population.

Switzerland was relatively quick off the mark with the Covid-19 jabs

rollout, beginning in late December.

More than 560,000 Covid-19 cases and over 9,300 deaths have been recorded

in Switzerland.

The country plans to lift in stages the restrictions imposed to control the

spread of the virus.

A second wave of easing the restrictions is scheduled for March 22, when

the government hopes to allow the opening of outdoor areas at restaurants and

change the requirement to work from home.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)