Wednesday, 27 October 2021

EU Signs Contract with Pfizer for 1.8B Vaccine

FILE – Health workers prepare doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Naples, Italy, Jan. 8, 2021. Photo – Reuters

LONDON – The European Union Thursday announced it has signed a third contract with Pfizer-BioNTech for an additional 1.8 billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, running from the end of this year through 2022.  

Announcing the new contract in a statement posted to her Twitter account, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for 900 million doses of the current vaccines and of a serum adapted to coronavirus variants, with an option to purchase an extra 900 million doses. The coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease. 

The contract also has a provision to easily allow EU member states to donate any excess doses to the WHO-maintained vaccine cooperative COVAX, which delivers vaccines to low-income nations. 

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