Pharmaceutical company: AstraZeneca confirms short-term delivery delay of vaccine


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AstraZeneca can only deliver 1.3 million doses of vaccine this week to the 27 EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway. The reason is a check of the vaccination doses.

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A delivery from AstraZeneca is delayed.

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The reason is a check of the vaccination doses.

The reason is a check of the vaccination doses.

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The delivery promise for the second quarter will be kept despite the delay.

The delivery promise for the second quarter will be kept despite the delay.

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The British-Swedish manufacturer AstraZeneca has again admitted delays in the delivery of its corona vaccine to the EU. One of two deliveries that were planned for this week was delayed, a company spokesman told the AFP news agency on Friday evening. The reason he gave was that the vaccination doses were required to be checked. The delivery promise for the second quarter will be kept despite the delay.

As the “Financial Times” reported, AstraZeneca can deliver only 1.3 million vaccine doses to the 27 EU member states as well as Iceland and Norway this week – 2.6 million vaccine doses were expected. The failure should therefore be distributed evenly across all countries.

Avoid past mistakes

The EU Commission has so far ordered up to 2.6 billion doses of corona vaccine from six manufacturers on behalf of the member states. The vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are already approved.

On Friday, the EU Commission announced that it would buy up to 1.8 billion more vaccine doses for member states. According to information from committee circles, they should also be able to be used for booster vaccinations against new coronavirus variants and for vaccinations of children.

In view of massive delivery problems in recent months, the commission wants to avoid past mistakes with this order. In the new contracts there will be monthly and no longer quarterly targets for the expected doses, with an obligation for the manufacturers to deliver them, it said.

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