Coronavirus: EU anger about delayed Pfizer vaccine deliveries

Six nations called the "unacceptable" situation and warned "Reduces the credibility of the vaccination process".

Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia urged the EU to apply the pressure on Pfizer-Biontech.

Pfizer said reduced delivery were a temporary issue.

In a statement on Friday, said the pharmacist. They were being affected by changes in their manufacturing processes designed to promote production.

"Although this will temporarily impact shipments at the end of January at the beginning of February, it will provide a significant increase in the doses available for patients at the end of February and March," said Pfizer. .css-1pzprxn-bulletlistcontainermargin-left: 1.5REM; .css-1pzprxn-bulletlistcontainer

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    The company said that its production updates would also have a "short-term implement to act" on the delivery of vaccines to the United Kingdom.

    Despite this, the Government of the United Kingdom said that it still planned to achieve its goal of vaccinating all the priority groups in mid-February, around 15 million people.

    The Pfizer vaccine is not the only candidate available in the United Kingdom, with the University of Oxford and Astrazaneca Jab is also being launched.

    The EU is not absolutely dependent on Pfizer Jab either, after approved a vaccine manufactured by the modern American company for use. Even so, development is expected to slow down the rhythm of vaccination programs.

    The German Ministry of Health called the announcement of surprising and unfortunate Pfizer, pointing out that it was committed to binding delivery dates until mid-February.

    The President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Limen, said that she had insured the Chief Executive of Pfizer who would come all the guaranteed orders for delivery in the first quarter of the year.

    Last week, Ms. Von Der Leyen said that Pfizer had agreed to supply the EU with 600 million doses this year, duplicate his initial order.

    Commitment can make it little to calm European governments struggling to submit to a rapid rapid broadcast COVID-19 variant first detected in the United Kingdom. Approximately one third of the 27 Governments of the EU reported that the doses of "insufficient" vaccines have been written at a meeting this week, Reuters reported, citing a participant.

    Belgium said it is expected to receive approximately half of the doses planned in January. Canada is also affected, because its vaccine supplies come from a Pfizer factory in Belgium.

    Norway, who is not a member of the EU, said on Friday that Pfizer was temporarily reducing the number of doses of vaccines delivered to the country. from next week.

    The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said in a statement that it could complement the loss using "emergency stock". "The action that we have now could compensate for a reduction in planned deliveries for a few weeks ahead," he said. What other vaccines is the purchase of the EU?

    In addition to Pfizer-Biontech, the European Commission has reached agreements with five other pharmaceutical companies to buy hundreds of millions of vaccines, once clinical trials pass:

  • AstraZeneca: 400 million doses
  • sanofi-gsk: 300 million doses
  • johnson & johnson: 400 million doses
  • curevac: 405 million doses
  • Modern: 160 million doses

    The Commission concluded initial talks with another company, Novavax, for up to 200 million doses.

    In other parts of the world, Turkey said he had vaccinated half a million people in two days with vaccines developed by China's synovac biotechnology.

    The figures suggest that Turkey vaccinated more people on the first day of his folding that France did it in almost three weeks.

    The French The government faced a critic storm after it emerged that only 500 people had been vaccinated.

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