AstraZeneca will ship 30 % extra coronavirus vaccine doses to the EU than it pledged final week, European Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen stated Sunday.
The corporate will ship 9 million further doses and “will begin deliveries one week sooner than scheduled”, Von der Leyen stated in a tweet after days of tensions over manufacturing delays.
An EU supply stated that the primary deliveries would begin within the second week of February.
AstraZeneca would additionally lengthen its manufacturing capability in Europe, Von der Leyen added.
The EU chief despatched the tweet after talks Sunday with the leaders of the medication firms which have signed vaccine contracts the EU.
She advised Germany’s ZDF broadcaster the brand new doses represented a rise of 30 % on the earlier order.
The goal was nonetheless to vaccinate 70 % of adults within the EU by the tip of summer time, she added.
The EU has come below growing stress in current days because it was compelled to revise its authentic vaccination targets within the face of provide issues.
On January 19, it stated it aimed to vaccinate 80 % of well being professionals and other people aged over 80 by March.
However AstraZeneca, whose vaccine was authorised to be used within the EU on Friday, introduced a three-quarters reduce within the deliveries it had promised to the EU within the first quarter. It blamed manufacturing issues at considered one of its European websites.
Brussels refused to simply accept that rationalization, demanding an inspection of the Belgian industrial web site involved, which is managed by a sub-contractor.
Germany’s authorities on Sunday threatened any laboratory that did not respect their obligations with authorized motion.
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