EU to supply 20 mln additional vaccine doses


Brussels: The member states of the European Union (EU) will receive an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the first three months of next year to hasten the pace against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the European Commission said on Sunday.

“The Commission has today agreed with BioNTech-Pfizer to accelerate the delivery of its mRNA vaccine to the Member States, starting in a few weeks,” it said in an announcement. Five million doses will be delivered in January, another five million in February and an extra ten million doses in March.

These doses come on top of the already scheduled 195 million doses from BioNTech-Pfizer, bringing the total number of deliveries in Q1 to 215 million.

“In view of the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the European Union over the past months, full vaccination and the roll-out of boosters remains one of the EU’s top health priorities,” said the executive arm of the EU.


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