EU chaos: Brussels told Covid jab will be DELAYED as bloc awaits millions of doses

The EU has been faced with a raft of logistical challenges since it started to roll-out the coronavirus vaccine to the European population. The bloc has been heavily criticised for its slow distribution of the jab and for not ordering enough doses. Now it appears several EU countries are facing fresh supply problems, with the issue being particularly bad in Germany.

In December Pfizer-BioNTech, the manufacturers of the first successful jab, said it was having problems delivering the vaccine.

The company ended up postponing the delivery of new batches of its vaccine to eight European nations in December, due to a problem in the loading and shipment process at its plant in Belgium.

Now it appears the bloc is facing similar problems with the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine

The company is understood to have told the European Commission that after the EU’s regulators have approved the jab, it will be able to provide fewer doses than previously expected.

Germany was due to receive 56.6 million doses this year.

The new mutations of COVID-19 are belived to be partly to blame for the delay, according to German newspaper Bild. 

They claim due to the new variants the vaccine has to be adjusted accordingly and goods that have already been produced may not be able to be delivered.

The news comes as a fresh blow to Europe’s vaccine efforts after Pfizer already cut shipments to the bloc.

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Pfizer is said to have assured the EU it will still receive its allocated quotas in the first part of the year.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was immediately in touch with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.

She said: “He explained that there is a production delay in the next weeks, but he reassured me that all guaranteed doses of the first quarter will be delivered in the first quarter.

“He is personally on the case on reducing the delay period, and to make sure that they will catch up as soon as possible.”

The company also said it would soon be able to ramp up capacity of the jab, with a “significant increase” in doses available for patients from late February and March.

It hopes to return to its original schedule of deliveries to EU country by January 25.

They added that from February 15 they would increase its number of doses shipped per week.

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