AstraZeneca will deliver 30 percent more coronavirus vaccine doses to the EU than it promised last week, said EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday.
The company will send 9 million additional cans and “start shipping a week ahead of schedule,” Von der Leyen said in a tweet after days of tension over production delays.
An EU source said the first shipments would start in the second week of February.
AstraZeneca would also expand its manufacturing capacity in Europe, added Von der Leyen.
The EU chief sent the tweet after speaking on Sunday with the leaders of the pharmaceutical companies that have signed vaccination contracts with the EU.
She informed the German ZDF broadcaster that the new cans represented an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous order.
The goal is still to vaccinate 70 percent of adults in the EU by the end of summer, she added.
The EU has come under increasing pressure in recent days as it has been forced to revise its original vaccination targets in response to supply problems.
On January 19, 80 percent of health professionals and people over 80 are scheduled to be vaccinated by March.
However, AstraZeneca, whose vaccine was approved for use in the EU on Friday, announced it would cut shipments to the EU by three quarters in the first quarter. She blamed production problems at one of her European locations.
Brussels declined this statement and requested an inspection of the Belgian industrial site in question, which is managed by a subcontractor.
On Sunday, the German government threatened any laboratory that failed to meet its obligations with legal action.
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