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EXPLAINED: How Switzerland is speeding up its vaccination programme

The Local Switzerland
The Local Switzerland - [email protected] • 10 Apr, 2021 Updated Sat 10 Apr 2021 12:32 CEST
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A healthcare professional draws up a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen, Wales, on April 7, 2021. - Britain on April 7 began rolling out its third coronavirus vaccine, from US company Moderna, as questions mounted over jabs from the country's main supplier, AstraZeneca. The Moderna vaccine, which is already being delivered in Europe and the United States, joined ones from AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Pfizer-BioNTech in Britain's armoury against Covid-19. The first jabs of the two-stage Moderna inoculation were injected at a hospital in Wales, in a timely diversification of Britain's rollout that was hailed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Photo by Jacob King / POOL / AFP)

With deliveries of millions of vaccines planned from April on, Switzerland’s largest cities are ramping up their infrastructure allowing them to inoculate thousands of people each day.


Swiss authorities have said numerous times that they want to vaccinate everyone who wants it by July.

To accomplish this ambitious goal, some cities have set up vaccination units in big venues where inoculations can be given to thousands of people every day.

One such centre is the enormous Zurich Exhibition Hall, which can administer 4,000 shots daily and opened up on April 6th.

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Another is in Basel’s equally large exhibition centre, where thousands of vaccines are given as well.

Now two more cities are opening their own massive venues.

From April 19th, Geneva will vaccinate on the grounds of its Palexpo centre, which will offer a potential injection capacity of 4,000 doses per day.

And Vaud’s capital, Lausanne, is setting up its unit at the Beaulieu conference centre.


But given that cantons have had to slow down the pace of their vaccination programme due to  the delay in the vaccine supply in previous months, will there be enough doses to actually inoculate tens of thousands of people each day?

Switzerland is expecting the delivery of 1.5 million doses vaccines in April, followed by 3 million more doses between May and July. If that happens, the country may well meet its July target date.

In all, the government ordered 13.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine, 6 million each of Pfizer / Biontech and Novavax, 5.3 million of AstraZeneca, and 5 million of Curevac. So far, only the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are being administered in Switzerland. 

To date, over 1.6 million people have received their shots, of whom 604,312 are fully vaccinated.

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The Local Switzerland 2021/04/10 12:32

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