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Norway secures 3.6 million additional Covid-19 vaccine doses

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Norway secures 3.6 million additional Covid-19 vaccine doses
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Norway has secured an additional 3.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from producer Pfizer/BioNTech.

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In total, Norway now has arrangements in place to receive 7.2 million doses of the vaccine. The country's population is around 5.3 million (including children, who will not be offered the vaccine).

As a vaccination requires two doses, the supplies so far secured by Norway would enable it to offer 3.6 million vaccinations.

Vaccine coordinator Richard Bergstrøm confirmed to VG on Friday the agreement for supply of the new doses. It comes after the EU reached agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech over the supply of new doses.

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Data published earlier this week showed Norway to have vaccinated around 0.2 percent of its population so far. The first Covid-19 vaccinations in Norway took place on December 27th.

The EU's latest agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech, announced Friday, puts in place the purchase of a further 300 million doses of vaccines for countries participating in the union's procurement programme. Norway is included in this.

The EU Commission also approved the a second vaccine, produced by company Moderna, earlier this week, while a third, the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine, could be approved by the end of January.

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