Lithuania has signed a deal with Norway to exchange Pfizer coronavirus vaccines for Janssen shots, Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys said on Wednesday.
“We have signed an agreement to make mutual exchanges by the end of the year,” the minister said. “We'll be lending to each other the most popular vaccines.”
“Next week, we are going to Norway to pick up 100,000 Janssen vaccines, and the Norwegians will come to pick up Comirnaty vaccines,” he added.
The single-dose Janssen vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson, is popular with Lithuanians, but the producer's delivery schedules “are not very convenient for us today”.
Meanwhile, Lithuania has a large supply of unused BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine shots, sold under the brand name Comirnaty. It is very popular in Norway, according to Dulkys.