The European Commission (EC) proposed on January 8 to the EU member states to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire a further 100 million doses, the EC said in a statement.
This would enable the EU to purchase up to 600 million doses of this vaccine, which is already being used across the EU.
The additional doses will be delivered starting in the second quarter of 2021, the EC said.
The EU has acquired a broad portfolio of vaccines with different technologies. It has secured up to 2.3 billion doses from the most promising vaccine candidates for Europe and its neighbourhood, the statement said.
In addition to the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, a second vaccine, produced by Moderna, was authorised on January 6 2021. Other vaccines are expected to be approved soon.
“This vaccine portfolio would enable the EU not only to cover the needs of its whole population, but also to supply vaccines to neighbouring countries,” the EC said.
(Photo: EC Audiovisual Service)
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