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Brussels counts on 70% of adults vaccinated this summer

Setting herself July as a new goal, the President of the European Commission is optimistic this Friday about the pace of vaccination within the European Union. But delivery delays could be a game-changer.

Setting herself July as a new goal, the President of the European Commission is optimistic this Friday about the pace of vaccination within the European Union. But delivery delays could be a game-changer.

(md with AFP) – During her visit to a Pfizer-BioNTech factory on Friday, Ursula von der Leyen said she was “confident” about “the acceleration of vaccine deliveries”. The President of the European Commission has also declared that the objective set for September to vaccinate 70% of adults in the European Union (EU) could be reached “as early as July”. Either in two months.

A surprising assurance given the fact that none of the 27 member countries had reached the first level of this race for “collective immunity”, namely to vaccinate 80% of people over 80 years before the end of March .

Not to mention the delays in vaccine deliveries in Europe. The European Commission is also considering taking legal action against AstraZeneca. The EU executive body considers that the Anglo-Swedish laboratory has not fulfilled the obligations of its contract, since its deliveries of anti-Covid vaccines are significantly lower than the figures initially planned.

Thus in the first quarter of 2021, AstraZeneca delivered only 30 million doses to the EU out of the 120 million contractually promised. Luxembourg should also receive 2,400 at the end of the month. The laboratory has already announced that it will deliver only 70 million of the 180 million initially planned for the second quarter.

“But, as we see now, production is increasing, deliveries are increasing, we have stable processes,” said Ursula von der Leyen nonetheless, attributing the delays to a “bottleneck in production” effect. . Nothing insurmountable according to the President of the Commission, who announced the signing “in the coming days” of a new contract with Pfizer, providing for the delivery until 2023 of 1.8 billion additional doses of this vaccine, which is the main one used in Europe.

As a reminder, in Luxembourg to date 46,901 people have received the two recommended doses. While phase 5 for 55 to 64 year olds is underway, the opening of parallel vaccination lists could speed up the process. Thus, more than 100,000 volunteers between 30-54 years have already come forward to receive a dose of AstraZeneca. An automated system is also being studied so that people in the next phases of vaccination can be vaccinated with the remaining doses of the day, any laboratory combined.


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