European Union inoculation drive hit as AstraZeneca cuts vaccine supply by 60%

European Union inoculation drive hit as AstraZeneca cuts vaccine supply by 60%

"AstraZeneca was going to be the catalyst to be allowed to move from low level to mass vaccination", Martin told Irish broadcaster RTE in an interview, saying delivery delays would "put us in a problem".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last Friday that new evidence had led the government to revise its initial view that the variant was more contagious but not more risky. If approved, the vaccine could start rolling out in early February. The EU drug regulator is due to decide on approving the vaccine on January 29.

The European Union's vaccination campaign has suffered another setback. He said Italian authorities were considering taking legal action against Pfizer, AP reported.

Coronavirus vaccinations for over-70s may be delayed due to potential supply issues with the Astra-Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the Taoiseach has said.

These scientists have now talked about the difference between the second dose after the first dose of the vaccine to be 12 weeks.

Astrazeneca said the shortfall is due to "production problems" at its vaccine factory in Belgium.

The vaccine, developed with Oxford University, has not yet been approved by the European Union regulator but even when the expected green light comes at the end of the month, progress is set to be severely hampered.

However, Reuters has confirmed that the company is set to cut the EU's vaccine delivery by 60%, meaning that only 31m of the promised doses are set to arrive on time.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus this week described the unequal access poor countries had to COVID-19 vaccines as a "catastrophic moral failure".

Doctor Dr Devi Nampiaparampil gives an overview of the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine.

The 50,000 doses of vaccines were handed over to the health minister and the foreign minister, Sylvestre Radegonde, by the High Commissioner of India to Seychelles, Dalbir Singh Suhag, in a short ceremony at Seychelles' International Airport at Pointe Larue.

A Commission spokesperson told Euronews prior to Hungary's announcement that "member states may have a separate negotiation if it's about a vaccine that's not covered by the portfolio if it's with a company that we are not having negotiations with".

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune on Friday called on Pfizer to "honour its commitments".

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