According to a delivery schedule from the ministry early this year, 4.5 million of these vaccines would arrive in the first quarter of this year. The vaccine will be used for the vaccination of healthcare workers and people up to the age of 60 with a medical indication and later on broader groups.
A senior EU official said Friday that AstraZeneca’s initial delivery will be 60 percent lower than expected. AstraZeneca is not yet able to clarify the consequences for the 80 million doses ordered by EU countries for the second quarter.
“Initial volumes will be lower than initially expected due to lower revenues at a manufacturing site within our European supply chain,” a company spokesperson said in a written statement.
Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health previously called the AstraZeneca vaccine “important for our approach.” Responding to AstraZeneca’s message, a ministry spokesman said on Friday that “the speed of delivery determines the speed of vaccination” and that previous reports from the ministry about vaccine quantities were “surrounded by uncertainties”.
The vaccine has been submitted for approval to the European medicine watchdog EMA. The vaccine is distinct from vaccines that are now in use. It does not need to be stored at a lower temperature. It would also be cheaper.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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