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First COVID-19 vaccines may reach Poland in January - PM's top aide

WARSAW (Reuters) - The first coronavirus vaccines could reach Poland in January, the Polish prime minister’s top aide said on Friday, as emerging Europe’s biggest country prepares to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Poland has ordered 45 million COVID-19 vaccines, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said the country intended to start vaccinating health workers, security forces and the elderly in February.

“Similarly to other countries, it looks like the first batches of vaccine will reach Poland in January, because the approval process will take place in late December and early January,” the prime minister’s chief of staff Michal Dworczyk told public broadcaster Polskie Radio Program 1.

Dworczyk added there may be around 8,000 vaccination points in Poland. “We want there to be a vaccination point in every community,” he said.

As of Thursday, Poland had reported 1,028,610 cases of the coronavirus and 18,828 deaths.

Reporting by Alan Charlish and Pawel Florkiewicz; editing by David Evans