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EU plans to sign world’s largest vaccine deal with Pfizer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The European Union expects to receive about 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine
12:43, 24 April 2021

AP

The European Union plans to sign the largest deal with the vaccine manufacturer Pfizer. They want to purchase a vaccine several years in advance to vaccinate EU residents against coronavirus. It was reported by Reuters.

The European Union expects to receive about 1.8 billion doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for the next few years as a debate rages over unfair access to shots for the world's poorest people.

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The vaccines from the U.S. drugmaker and its German partner BioNTechare expected to be delivered over 2021-2023.

The agreement should include 900 million optional doses, enough to vaccinate 450 million EU residents over two years.

An EU official said the supply deal with Pfizer was agreed in principle but that both sides needed a few days to iron out final terms.

Meanwhile, by the end of May, Ukraine is supposed to get 1.4 million doses of anti-coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca company. Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko said so at a briefing on April 23. 

At that, Lyashko said that 950,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine are supposed to reach Ukraine in June.

The official added that eight million doses of vaccine from coronavirus are supposed to be delivered in Ukraine within COVAX initiative.

Related: 367,200 doses of Korea-made AstraZeneca vaccine reach Ukraine

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