AstraZeneca supplies 9 million doses of vaccine to the European Union

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The British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca intends to provide 9 million additional doses of Covid-19 vaccines to the European Union by the end of March, in a gesture that may ease tensions with the bloc, but it does not compensate for a significant reduction in supplies.According to the European Commission, the new pledged total of 40 million doses is only half of what the European Union’s executive arm had expected from the British-Swedish company in the same period, before announcing a large deficit last week.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter that “a step forward with regard to vaccines,” noting that tensions are easing in light of the new offer.

She added that the first deliveries would also arrive a week earlier than scheduled, without specifying when this would happen.

The company’s CEO, Pascal Suriot, indicated that there are difficulties in a European production site, and he implied that the conglomerate should have requested its doses, totaling 400 million doses, months in advance in order to avoid problems.





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