European Union in negotiations with Pfizer for 1.8 billion doses for 2022

Joanna Estrada
April 14, 2021

Those 50 million doses were initially foreseen for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Welcome news that Ireland will be receiving close to 545,000 extra BioNTech-Pfizer vaccines, starting this month.

Under the new contract "delivery schedules will be laid out on a monthly instead of quarterly basis", von der Leyen said, adding that production of the vaccines and their essential components will take place in the EU.

"It has proven to be a reliable partner".

People aged between 65 and 69 will be able to register to receive a Covid-19 vaccine from tomorrow (15 April).

The Johnson & Johnson jab, which uses the same base technology as AstraZeneca, hit a snag this week when USA regulators recommended a "pause" in administering Johnson & Johnson shots.

It comes as officials here consider extending the gap between Pfizer vaccine doses to keep the rollout on track.

This gives authorities time to roll out the vaccine to more people to give some level of protection against Covid-19.

"At a certain point in time, we might need booster jabs to reinforce and prolong immunity; and if escape-variants occur, we will need to develop vaccines that are adapted to new variants; and we will need them early and in sufficient quantities", she said.

"I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer to once again speed up the delivery of vaccines", she said.

"Denmark's vaccination campaign will go ahead without the AstraZeneca vaccine", Health Authority director Soren Brostrom told a press conference, adding that the availability of other vaccines combined with the pandemic being under control there at the moment meant the inoculation campaign could continue without it.

Today we have reached 100 million vaccinations in the EU. This is a milestone that we can be proud of.

We are also accelerating the delivery of vaccines.

The Our World in Data site said 47.5% of people in the United Kingdom have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 36.6% in the US and 16.4% in the EU.

Because of that shortfall, the European Union has come under crushing pressure as, even though it it is a major producer and exporter of vaccines, it can not get its vaccinations even close to the levels of the United Kingdom and the United States.

The HSE's online registration system for the vaccinations of people in this age bracket will open Thursday morning.

Von der Leyen expressed full confidence in the technology used for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is different from that behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. "Other contracts, with other companies, may follow", said von der Leyen.

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