AstraZeneca will ship 30 % extra coronavirus vaccine doses to the EU than it pledged final week, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen stated Sunday.
The firm will ship 9 million further doses and “will start deliveries one week earlier 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 corporations 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 purpose was nonetheless to vaccinate 70 % of adults within the EU by the top of summer time, she added.
The EU has come beneath rising stress in latest days because it was pressured 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 folks aged over 80 by March.
But 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 one in every of its European websites.
Brussels refused to just accept that clarification, 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 didn’t respect their obligations with authorized motion.
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