US vaccine maker Moderna will initially deliver fewer doses than expected to Italy in February. Government Commissioner Domenico Arcuri told the press in Rome on Friday that the US company had said there should be a 20 percent reduction. The EU Commission, which is centrally responsible for vaccine procurement, said possible supply problems from Moderna were currently being discussed in the steering committee.
Arcuri said, according to the ANSA news agency, “Moderna has just informed us that for the week of Feb. 9, 132,000 of the planned 166,000 doses will be delivered, 20 percent less.”
He added, “Our astonishment, concern and discouragement are growing.”
The vaccine has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and in Italy. Manufacturers AstraZeneca and Biontech/Pfizer have also announced temporary reductions in their shipments to EU countries. Arcuri spoke of “at least 300,000 doses of vaccine that we should have received and did not.”
The country, which has a population of about 60 million, has been hit hard by the CoV crisis. In Italy, about 1.7 million doses have been injected so far, according to the government’s official vaccination website.
Also for Austria
Austria is also planning vaccinations with the U.S. vaccine Moderna. The first shipment arrived on January 12. At the end of January, another 10,000 doses were planned. For the entire first quarter, 200,000 doses of Moderna vaccine were planned for Austria. It was initially unclear whether there would also be delivery delays here.
The active ingredient is produced in Switzerland and distributed to the European countries in this way. Each country has a central warehouse, the one in Austria is located in Lower Austria.
- source:kurier.at/picture: pixabay.com
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