Babiš: We are verifying the information on delivery restrictions from AstraZeneca

Updates: 24.02.2021 12:46

Prague – Prime Minister Andrej Babiš received information about the threat of restricting the supply of AstraZeneca vaccines to the European Union in the second quarter on Tuesday, and is now trying to verify it. He told reporters today at a press conference after the government’s morning meeting. According to Reuters, the pharmaceutical company has announced to EU officials that it will deliver less than half of the originally promised doses of its covid-19 vaccine to the European Union in the second quarter.

AstraZeneca did not deny the report, but said on Tuesday evening that it was working to increase production capacity in order to deliver the promised 180 million batches.

Babiš found out about the impending benefit reduction on Tuesday and is trying to verify it. He pointed out that the previous negotiations showed a chance that the company, on the contrary, would secure more supplies. He described the situation as unpleasant. AstraZeneca has delivery problems in the first quarter of this year.

AstraZeneca told ČTK that according to the contract with the European Commission, the company is to provide about half of the agreed volume of deliveries from the EU supply chain, the rest from the international supply network. “Currently, AstraZeneca is working to increase production in its supply chain within the EU and to make greater use of its global capacity to be able to deliver 180 million contracted benefits to EU member states in the second quarter,” the company said.

Pharmaceutical companies last year developed covid-19 vaccines in record time, but now many are facing problems with massive drug production. Delays in deliveries are due to complex production procedures, limited production capacities, or problems in the supply of individual components from which vaccines are prepared.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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