Western Europe

Lithuania suspends COVID vaccination

11:46, 14 January 2021
Lithuania suspends COVID vaccination Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/Global Look Press

The Lithuanian authorities have decided to suspend coronavirus vaccination with a jab from Pfizer and BioNTech, according to the country’s Healthcare Ministry.


The reason was the violation of the norms for the transportation of vaccines.

The order to temporarily suspend the medical procedure is because, during the transportation of the batch of the drug, the temperature regime was violated, reads the message.

At the same time, the ministry later reported that they received confirmation from the developers of the possibility of using these doses of the drug. At the Pfizer office, officials were told that the temperature deviation during the shipping of the vaccine was within acceptable limits. The batch with which problems arose had 4,680 doses of the drug.

Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines must be transported at -75 degrees Celsius.

A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac showed ‘general efficacy’ of 50.38 percent in a late-stage trial in Brazil, NEWS.ru reported earlier.