EU plans to buy 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer vaccine till 2023

Pfizer-BioNTech plans to provide the EU with an extra 50 million dozes in the second quarter of this year, on top of 200 million doses already earmarked for the bloc.

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EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen announced plans on Wednesday for a major contract extension for Covid-19 vaccines with Pfizer stretching to 2023.In a sign of confidence in a company that has been a mainstay of Europe’s vaccination drive so far, von der Leyen said the EU will start negotiating to buy 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine through 2023.

Von der Leyen expressed full confidence in the technology used for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is different from the technology behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.”We need to focus on the technologies that have proven their worth,” von der Leyen said.

Pfizer-BioNTech plans to provide the EU with an extra 50 million dozes in the second quarter of this year, on top of 200 million doses already earmarked for the bloc. The deliveries will be especially welcomed by the EU’s 27 member nations considering supply delays and concerns over rare blood clots potentially linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

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