Astrazeneca To Increase EU Vaccine Deliveries By 30%: European Commission Chief

Astrazeneca To Increase EU Vaccine Deliveries By 30%: European Commission Chief

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a Twitter post on Sunday that AstraZeneca will deliver the additional doses in the first quarter.

The company would expand its manufacturing capacity in Europe, she said.

The development was revealed in a tweet yesterday by EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen.

Overall though, the European Commission stood by its plans to check on exports produced on its territory and make sure they were syphoned off somewhere else if the EU contract with producers stipulated that they should be used in the EU.

The Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply and Technology Management (AUPP) contracted with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company to get 20 million doses of the Coronavirus vaccine.

Canadian trade minister Mary Ng spoke to Valdis Dombrovskis, EU trade commissioner, to emphasise the importance of critical health and medical supply chains remaining "open and resilient", according to a spokesperson.

Tony Blair, a former United Kingdom prime minister, who opposed Brexit and was closely involved in the Northern Ireland peace process, told Sky News that the commission's behavior had been "very foolish".

An EU source said the first deliveries would start in the second week of February.

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But she also acknowledged that February and March would remain "a hard phase" for vaccine supply.

Mrs von der Leyen said: "I think the only race we are in is with the virus and against time".

"It's vital we keep borders open and we resist vaccine nationalism and we resist protectionism", she said.

Despite the repeated setbacks, the European Union remains confident member states can achieve the commission's goal that 70% of the adult population across the bloc will be vaccinated by the end of the summer.

Kang Kyung-wha, South Korea's foreign minister, questioned why some governments were seeking to secure stocks of vaccine that far outweighed their populations' needs, warning this could fuel "global disunity".

On December 13, Kuwait's Ministry of Health approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19.

AstraZeneca's announcement earlier in January that initial volumes will be lower than originally anticipated due to reduced yields at a manufacturing site within their European supply chain, sparked a heated debate over the provisions of the APA with the EU and eventually prompted Brussels to impose temporary controls on the export of coronavirus vaccines made inside the bloc.

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