The EU will have enough doses to vaccinate 70% of the block’s adult population by July, as recently reported President of the European Commission Ursula von de Layen.
Speaking after her visit with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Cruz, Pfizer CEO Albert Burla and BioNTech co-founder Uslem Turechi at the Pfizer plant in Porche, Belgium, Ms von der Leyen also announced that a new contract with Pfizer-BioNTech for 1 , 8 billion doses by 2023 “will be concluded in the coming days.”
The Commission also said that shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine to the EU this week exceeded 150 million doses, with 123 million doses already administered to EU residents.
More than 100 million of those doses were delivered by Pfizer-BioNTech, which confirmed in its own speech that the companies will provide 250 million doses of the vaccine in the second quarter of 2021, Burla said.
Increased production in the EU
Burla said the Purse plant will begin producing 100 million doses per month in May. Ms von der Leyen said the European Medicines Agency has just approved a 20% increase in plant capacity.
At the same time, Coreper is positive about the new production line at the Moderna plant in Spain, according to Reuters.
Ursula von de Leyen thanked BioNTech-Pfizer, saying that it “has established itself as a reliable partner, fulfilled its obligations and responded to the needs of the European Union.” According to the President of the European Commission, “it directly benefits the citizens of the EU.”