The Nobel Prize reception hall will be turned into a coronavirus vaccination center for the citizens of Stockholm.
The Stockholm Blue Hall, where prominent scientists, politicians and members of the royal family gather for the official Nobel dinner, will be used to vaccinate the citizens of the Swedish capital against COVID-19, an official announced today.
The 1,500-square-foot room will soon be turned into a temporary vaccination area for Stockholm residents, as due to its size, it is considered an ideal place for vaccinations.
“The vaccination process is very demanding. “Sports venues and spacious facilities such as the Blue Room are suitable for effective and safe vaccinations,” said Stockholm Chief Financial Officer Anna Koning Jerlmir.
It should be noted that the Swedish Health Service has stopped paying for COVID-19 vaccines to Pfizer and is asking for clarifications on the doses available in each vial, according to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Sweden is seeking clarification on the number of doses charged, as Pfizer charged six doses per vial despite a five-dose charge. Sweden now wants the European Commission and Pfizer to reach an agreement on how many doses are in each vial.
“Until then, we have told the company that we will have to wait for the invoices available until we receive clarification on what applies,” Anders Tegnel, the country's chief epidemiologist, told Dagens Nyheter.
“This is unacceptable. “If a country can only take five doses, it has received fewer doses at the same price,” said Richard Bergstrom, Sweden's vaccination coordinator.