EU Pfizer vaccine programme hits major setback

A spokeswoman for Pfizer Denmark confirmed on Friday that in order for the company to reach its two billion doses target for the year, facilities at its plant in Puurs, Belgium, must be adapted, requiring "new quality tests and approvals from the authorities."

Health ministers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden wrote in a joint letter to the European Commission following the announcement that "this situation is unacceptable. Not only does it impact the planned vaccination schedules, it also decreases the credibility of the vaccination process."

They are calling on the bloc's health commissioner to stress to Pfizer "the need to ensure stability and transparency of timely deliveries".

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FIH) said in a statement that "this means that in week 3 we will receive 7,800 fewer doses than Pfizer had previously reported."

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