The Lithuanian Ministry of Health received information on Wednesday that the temperature circuit may have been damaged on Tuesday during transportation of BioNTech and Pfizer vaccines to coordination centers – the Kaunas Clinic of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and the Panevėžys Republican Hospital, the Elta portal reported.
The said batch includes 4,680 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 2,340 doses each for Kaunas and Panevėžys regions.
Earlier at a press conference, Health Ministry Chancellor Jurgita Grebenkovienė said that BioNTech and Pfizer vaccines must be stored in freezers maintaining a temperature of 70 degrees below zero.
The Ministry of Health immediately informed the coordinator of the temporary suspension of vaccinations with this batch of drugs. The State Agency for Drug Control (GACL) was instructed to check whether the vaccine was affected by temperature fluctuations during transport.
The data on violations of vaccine transportation requirements were also provided to Pfizer’s representative in Lithuania.
Conclusions of specialists from the SACL and Pfizer office in Lithuania are pending, the Ministry of Health said in its report.