The European Commission has told governments that the launch of the Covid vaccine could hit a key goal sooner than expected, under new projections that depend on people accepting. Shot from AstraZeneca Plc.
The The executive arm of the European Union says most member states will have enough vaccine supplies to immunize most people by the end of June, according to a memorandum distributed to national delegations in Brussels.
Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will be in a position to fully inoculate more than 55% of their total population, according to the document seen by Bloomberg. The EU had previously said that it wants to immunize 70% of adults by late summer, which, depending on the demographics of each member state, corresponds to around 55-60% of the total population.
Projections indicate growing confidence in Brussels that the vaccination campaign will improve after a Disastrous start dominated by delays, mixed messages and political struggles.
But the uncertainty about the Astra vaccine may cloud the outlook. The European Medicines Agency, the EU’s drug regulator, may point to a possible link between the drug manufacturer’s injections and rare cases of blood clots, Messaggero says daily. reported Tuesday, citing Marco Cavalieri, chairman of the EMA’s vaccine evaluation team. The UK drug regulator is also urged to change its guidance on using the vaccine in younger people. Reported Channel 4 News.
Reports of Astra dosing side effects already led to its temporary suspension in some EU countries last month. While use has resumed, some governments are restricting it to certain age groups.
Vaccination centers in France said that several people eligible to be vaccinated were reluctant to receive an injection of Astra, even going so far as to cancel their appointments. The latest setback with Astra vaccines may further prolong the lockdowns, with countries across the continent struggling to contain a third wave of infections.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party leader reinforced his call for tough short-term measures to contain the resurgence of the outbreak in the country. A tough two to three week shutdown is needed to control Germany’s incidence rate, Armin Laschet said. Tuesday.
The EU forecast document, dated April 1, details the exact number of doses that will be available to each government by the end of June. While the overall outlook is positive, some Member States, including Austria, Croatia and the Czech Republic, are expected to lag behind. Others, like Denmark and Malta, will reach the threshold of immunity much earlier.
The estimates seen by Bloomberg take into account an agreement last week to redistribute part of an accelerated batch of deliveries to countries where supplies are tight.
The laggards did not get the full allocation of coronavirus vaccines to which they were entitled under the EU purchasing agreements with BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc., as well as Moderna Inc., choosing to focus on Cheaper shot from AstraZeneca Plc. With Astra deliveries delayed, these member states may face delays in reopening their economies, even after accounting for the agreed mechanism to help them catch up.
The commission expects vaccine deliveries to rise to around 360 million doses this quarter from just over 100 million in the first three months of the year.
EU Commissioner Thierry Breton, who is leading efforts to increase production, has said the bloc will have the ability to deliver enough doses to reach the collective. immunity before July 14, provided the doses are injected. The date is symbolic, coinciding with Bastille Day in France.