Czech general practitioners will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against coronavirus on Thursday as the distributor on Wednesday assesses the authenticity of the jabs and prepares them for delivery.
The company Avenier is in charge of the deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines. The Health Ministry tasked it on Tuesday evening to start distributing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“The supplies into particular GPs’ surgeries across the Czech Republic are scheduled as of Thursday morning,” Nesrsta said.
Deliveries of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine started on April 12 to member states in a boost to the continent’s vaccination efforts.
The U.S. company has committed to delivering to the EU by the end of June 55 million doses and another 120 million in the third quarter, EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said this month.
The single-dose vaccine was shown to have a 72% efficacy rate in the United States in preventing symptomatic illness and an 85% efficacy rate in preventing the most severe disease 28 days after vaccination.
The Czech Republic administered 51,199 Covid-19 vaccine doses on Tuesday, nearly one-fifth less than last Tuesday and the lowest workday amount in almost two weeks, while there were 3,787 new Covid cases on Tuesday, a quarter less than a week ago, data from the health ministry show.
Along with the epidemic receding, the Covid-related death rate has been on the decrease, too. Since April 11, daily fatality figures have remained under 100.