Dutch well being authorities have already got purchased 25 million syringes and additional freezers for vaccines that should be saved at very low temperatures, the ministry stated.

“Fortunately, the Netherlands has expertise with giant vaccination campaigns,” Well being Minister Hugo de Jonge stated. “When vaccines are delivered, all the pieces is prepared. That may most likely be within the first months of 2021. But when vaccine makers achieve delivering in December, we will get to work right away.”

The ministry stated that based mostly on current reviews from producers engaged on vaccines, it expects to have the ability to vaccinate round 3.5 million individuals within the first quarter of 2021.

The federal government will start by providing vaccinations to the roughly 155,000 individuals who reside in care houses, and people who reside in psychiatric establishments in addition to the employees.

With out the price of the vaccine pictures themselves, the anticipated value of the vaccination operation within the nation of simply over 17 million individuals is anticipated to be between 900 million euros and 1 billion euros ($1.1-1.2 billion).

The well being ministry stated that the Netherlands is enjoying “an lively function” in European Union negotiations with 5 vaccine builders and the nation has contracts in place for practically 50 million pictures, sufficient for practically 28 million individuals. Negotiations are nonetheless underway with Moderna for an additional 3.1 million pictures. The full value of the vaccines is anticipated to be round 700 million euros.

“The vaccine is our biggest asset to beat this disaster, to place the pandemic behind us,” De Jonge stated, urging individuals to get vaccinated “not only for your self, however for one another. All of us have a duty to guard each other.”

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