Coronavirus: Switzerland promises everyone will be vaccinated by summer
Switzerland has promised that "everyone who wants a coronavirus vaccination will be able to get one" by summer.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Swiss Federal Health Ministry’s international division boss Nora Kronig, said that Switzerland’s vaccine infrastructure would be set up to ensure vaccinations for all who wanted them by summer.
“We expect that we will get the appropriate volume by the summer, so that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be vaccinated in the summer."
In addition to the existing Biontech/Pfizer vaccine, Kronig said Switzerland “had bought 7.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine”, bringing the total number of ordered doses to 15 million.
Switzerland said it had hoped to receive at least 1.5 million doses by the end of February.
Switzerland had been heavily criticised in recent days for delays in setting up its vaccine infrastructure.
As at Tuesday morning, only 13 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons had started vaccinations.
How will non-risk patients be vaccinated?
When asked who would receive the vaccine first out of non-risk patients in Switzerland, Kronig said she was as yet unsure.
She indicated certain professions may be eligible first, or the vaccine could be distributed according to age groups.
The comments came at a press conference where government representatives and health authorities said they were considering extending closures of bars and restaurants until the end of February.