Six EU governments have written to the bloc’s govt to name for motion as deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech are being delayed, whereas provide points have additionally been reported in Canada.
The well being ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia known as on the EU Fee to make sure the “stability and transparency of well timed deliveries” of the Pfizer jab in a letter on Friday.
“This case is unacceptable. Not solely does it affect the deliberate vaccination schedules, it additionally decreases the credibility of the vaccination course of,” the letter reads, in keeping with Reuters.
Pfizer can even briefly scale back shipments of the vaccine to Canada whereas the corporate expands manufacturing at its manufacturing facility within the Puurs space of Belgium, Canadian Procurement Minister Anita Anand stated on Friday.
Talking throughout a information briefing, the minister added that Pfizer’s manufacturing technique was “decreasing deliveries to all international locations” and that Canada’s vaccination targets needs to be again on monitor by March, with out going into additional element.
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Earlier on Friday, Norwegian well being authorities issued the same assertion, explaining that their anticipated cargo of 43,875 Pfizer vaccine doses subsequent week can be lower to 36,075.
Eire can even expertise delays of three to 4 weeks because of Pfizer’s plans, the chief of the nation’s Covid-19 vaccine taskforce, Brian MacCraith, stated on Friday, including that authorities had “deliberate for this type of eventuality.”
A Pfizer spokesperson stated that the corporate was “working onerous to ship extra doses than initially forecasted this 12 months,” whereas stating its objective is to extend capability from 1.3 billion doses to 2 billion in 2021.
MEPs are to debate the “want for extra readability and transparency regarding vaccine contracts” on the EU’s first plenary session of the 12 months on Tuesday.
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