"We expect to have information about a second batch, albeit a small one, and maybe a third one in the coming days," he told a LRT TV program.

"If deliveries are made in such batches, our forecast is that we we'll be able to say in January that the medical community has been vaccinated and we have stronger positions on the frontlines of the health care system."

One tray of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer contains 975 doses that need to be used within a certain period of time, meaning that smaller healthcare facilities may have difficulties, the minister noted.

"We are ready for the complex Pfizer vaccine process, with all the procedures for vaccinating the medical community worked out, but there are still question marks over vaccination of members of the public," he said. "We'll still have to work on that and find answers, depending on what vaccines will be available."

Dulkys said that the order of vaccination of the general public will be decided by an expert board set up by Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, adding that more exact information will only be available when it is clear what vaccines and in what quantities are coming to Lithuania.

The BioNTech/Pfizer is currently the only one authorized for use in the European Union.

The first doses of the vaccine are to be delivered to Lithuania on Saturday under the EU's joint procurement scheme.

In an urgently convened meeting on Tuesday evening, the Lithuanian government decided to purchase another 616,000 doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, as proposed by the European Commission. The vaccine is to be delivered in the second half of 2021.

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