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Pfizer to briefly cut back Covid vaccine deliveries to Europe

2021-01-15 13:16:54

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Shut up picture of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccination vial.

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LONDON — Pfizer will briefly cut back the variety of doses of its coronavirus vaccine being delivered to Europe, in accordance with the Norwegian Institute of Public Well being.

The authority stated in a press release launched Friday that deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be lowered from subsequent week “and for a interval forward.”

NIPH stated it acquired a message from Pfizer “little earlier than 10 o’clock” Friday, in accordance with a translation of the assertion.

“We had been predicted 43,875 vaccine doses from Pfizer in week 3. Now it appears that evidently we get 36,075 doses,” the assertion stated. A spokesperson for Pfizer wasn’t instantly accessible for remark when contacted by CNBC.

It defined the short-term discount in deliveries was “in reference to an improve of manufacturing capability.” “The short-term discount will have an effect on all European international locations,” it added.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla instructed CNBC’s “Squawk Field” on Tuesday that he felt assured that it might “improve dramatically” manufacturing of the vaccine this yr with a objective of producing as much as 2 billion doses.

Bourla additionally stated Pfizer at the moment had extra doses of its vaccine accessible than had been getting used.

The European Union stated final week that it was doubling its stock of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Fee, stated the settlement would enable the EU to buy one other 300 million doses to its present inventory. The EU’s govt arm has already been criticized for not shopping for extra of the vaccine.

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