Pfizer will temporarily deliver fewer doses of the corona vaccine to Europe. This is evident from a message the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) received from the vaccine manufacturer.
Pfizer and BioNTech said in a statement to NIPH that they will deliver fewer vaccines to the country in the coming week. It cannot be ruled out that Norway will also receive fewer doses in the subsequent period.
Almost 8,000 less doses
“We were predicted to receive 43,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the third week of the year. Now that number seems to have been reduced to 36,075 doses ”, it says in a press release from NIPH.
According to the communication, the temporary delay in deliveries is due to an increase in production capacity at Pfizer. The pharmaceutical company has confirmed to Belga that the expansion of the production capacity until the beginning of February “will also have a temporary impact on shipments to other European countries”.
Order 300 million additional doses
“As is always the case with productivity increases and improvements for higher capacity, we have to make changes to our processes and to our production facilities, which requires additional regulatory approvals,” he said. Pfizer also states that there may be changes in the orders and shipping schedules from Puurs in the near future.
The two pharmaceutical companies came out earlier this week with news that they plan to produce a total of 2 billion doses of their Covid-19 vaccine this year. That is more than 50 percent more than the original target.
The news comes a week after the European Commission ordered some 300 million additional doses from Pfizer and BioNTech.