Spanish Government Announces Delay of Pfizer Vaccine Due to Logistical Reasons

The Spanish government announced that a shipment of 350,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to Spain has been postponed one day to Tuesday because of logistical reasons.

The Spanish government announced that a shipment of 350,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to Spain has been postponed one day to Tuesday because of logistical reasons.

During a Monday morning interview with radio station Cadena Ser in capital Madrid, Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa said that Pfizer told the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez that “an incident in loading and shipping processes related to temperature” in the company’s Belgian factory caused delays that affect eight nations, including Spain.

The minister also said he expects the hundreds of thousands of doses to be in place by Tuesday morning, although he pointed out he “was not aware” if the vaccines had already left the factory in Belgium.

On Sunday, different cities of Germany also faced delays in vaccinations after temperature trackers showed some of the doses were kept in higher temperatures than allowed by the manufacturer.

Spain started its vaccination campaign on Saturday and is prioritizing residents and workers in nursing homes. Almost 25,000 people are estimated to have died of the virus in Spain’s nursing homes.


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