EU: Pfizer anticipates delivery of over 50 million doses of covid-19 vaccine

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Pfizer will anticipate delivery of another 50 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to the EU (European Union) for the second quarter of this year, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen announced in a statement released today. Under the original contract, the lot would only be delivered in the last three months of 2021.

As a result, the total number of doses made available by the pharmaceutical company to the bloc will reach 250 million by the end of June. Also according to the note, the EU and the company are negotiating a new agreement for the purchase of 1.8 billion doses for the period from 2021 to 2023. The Pfizer immunizer is developed in partnership with the German BioNTech.

According to Von der Leyen, EU countries have already received more than 126 million injections, of which 100 million have already been given. “This is a milestone that we can be proud of. Of these 100 million vaccinations, more than a quarter are second doses – which means that we now have more than 27 million people fully vaccinated,” he celebrated.

The European bloc’s goal is to vaccinate 70% of the adult population in the first half of this year. The process, however, has been marked by a series of setbacks, amid delayed deliveries by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and AstraZeneca. To aggravate the condition, immunizations from the two pharmaceutical companies may be associated with very rare cases of thrombosis.

In this context, Von der Leyn praised Pfizer and BioNTech. “They have proven to be reliable partners. They have fulfilled their commitments and responded to our needs. This immediately benefits EU citizens,” he said.

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