European Commission approves contract with Pfizer/BioNTech for supply of up to 1.8 billion doses of vaccine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The EC stressed that other contracts are expected
16:33, 8 May 2021

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The European Commission has agreed on a contract for the purchase of up to 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer / BioNTech's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine. This was announced on Twitter by the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

According to her, the contract provides for guaranteed 900 million doses and another 900 million doses "optional". Vaccine deliveries are expected during 2021-2023.

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In addition, the head of the EC stressed that other contracts and other vaccines will soon follow.

Earlier the European Union said that they are ready to consider the abolition of patent protection of vaccines against coronavirus.

Removing patent protection for vaccines could allow poor countries to mass-produce drugs that are synonymous with patented vaccines.

Earlier, due to the catastrophically low level of access of many countries to Covid vaccines and the slow pace of vaccination, a group of former heads of state, government and Nobel Prize laureates approached US President Joe Biden with an idea on how to solve this problem. In particular, they propose to abandon the World Trade Organization rules on intellectual property in the production of vaccines during a pandemic.

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