The federal government says that it’s nonetheless planning to vaccinate the highest 4 precedence teams by mid-February, regardless of anticipated manufacturing delays for the Pfizer vaccine.
Pfizer has confirmed it’s planning to briefly sluggish deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine to the UK and Europe whereas it focuses on upscaling its manufacturing services at Puurs, Belgium.
The pharmaceutical firm, which has partnered with Germany’s BioNTech to make the vaccine, stated the upgraded capability would make it simpler to achieve its goal of manufacturing two billion doses a yr.
A Pfizer spokeswoman stated: “We perceive a change to deliveries has the potential to create uncertainty.
“Nevertheless, we will affirm the general projected volumes of supply to the UK stay the identical for quarter one (January to March).
“We proceed to liaise with the UK Authorities and the Vaccines Taskforce to work by short-term affect of those modifications to our January deliveries and help the objectives of the UK COVID-19 vaccination programme.”
Shipments of the vaccine can be affected this month however the US agency stated the general variety of doses to be delivered between January and March will stay the identical.
The UK has secured 40 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, however it has additionally authorized vaccines by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna.
A authorities spokeswoman stated: “We’re within the means of understanding the implications of Pfizer’s announcement right now to our plans.
“Nevertheless we proceed to plan to hit our goal of vaccinating all 4 precedence teams by 15 February.”
European leaders had been extra forthright, with the well being and social affairs ministers of six EU states saying in a letter to the European Fee that the state of affairs was “unacceptable”.
“Not solely does it affect the deliberate vaccination schedules, it additionally decreases the credibility of the vaccination course of,” the ministers from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia stated.
Germany, Europe’s largest purchaser of the Pfizer vaccine, referred to as the choice stunning and regrettable, whereas Italy’s COVID-19 particular commissioner, Domenico Arcuri, stated Pfizer would from Monday lower by 29% deliveries of vaccine doses to the nation.
The corporate had not been in a position to say for the way lengthy it will be curbing its provides, he stated.
President of the European Fee Ursula von der Leyen stated Pfizer had reassured her that deliveries deliberate to the EU within the first quarter wouldn’t be delayed.