Von der Leyen says AstraZeneca to ship 9 million extra COVID vaccine doses

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British-Swedish pharmaceutical big AstraZeneca will ship 9 million extra doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union within the first quarter of this 12 months, the European Commission’s chief, Ursula von der Leyen introduced on Sunday night.  

“AstraZeneca will deliver 9 million additional doses in the first quarter (40 million in total) compared to last week’s offer and will start deliveries one week earlier than scheduled,” reads a Twitter publish by the Commission president, who added that the corporate “will also expand its manufacturing capacity in Europe.”

Earlier within the day, von der Leyen had held a digital assembly with the CEOs of vaccine producers, throughout which, she pressured the necessity to watch out for  the brand new Coronavirus variants. The assembly, held the context of the bloc’s Vaccines Strategy included BionNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Curevac and Sanofi, with which, the EU has signed advance buy agreements (APA) for vaccines towards the virus. 

The bloc’s well being chief, Stella Kyriakides and the Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton additionally took half within the assembly, which adopted a standoff between the EU Executive and AstraZeneca over the corporate’s obligations foreseen within the contract. 

AstraZeneca’s announcement earlier in January that preliminary volumes can be decrease than initially anticipated on account of decreased yields at a producing website inside their European provide chain, sparked a heated debate over the provisions of the APA with the EU and finally prompted Brussels to impose non permanent controls on the export of coronavirus vaccines made contained in the bloc.

On Friday, Europe’s medicines watchdog, specifically EMA, greenlighted the jab developed by AstraZeneca/Oxford University for a conditional advertising authorisation within the EU, for all age teams over 18 years outdated.