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Pfizer-BioNTech to get EU 200 million more COVID-19 shots

The US and German companies said in a statement that the doses come on top of the 300 million initially ordered.

Published: 17th February 2021 03:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2021 03:46 PM   |  A+A-

A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London. (Photo | AP)

A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

BERLIN: Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday they have reached an agreement to supply the European Union with another 200 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine.

The US and German companies said in a statement that the doses come on top of the 300 million initially ordered.

The EU's executive Commission has an option to request a further 100 million doses.

They said the 200 million doses are expected to be delivered this year, with an estimated 75 million of them in the second quarter.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the first of three so far to be approved for use in the EU, which faces criticism for a slow start to its vaccination campaign.

The other two approved vaccines are from Moderna and AstraZeneca.



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