Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca published on Saturday further cuts to games of its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union, citing export orders for the move.
“AstraZeneca dislikes to declare a decline in deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union despite working tirelessly to stimulate supply,” AFP news company cited a spokesperson as saying.
Faced with increasing difficulties, the group had decided to use its production sites outside the EU to make games for the bloc, but “unfortunately, export limitations will reduce deliveries in the first part” and “likely” in the other, he added.
The company aims to produce 100 million shares in the first half of the year — 30 million in the first part and 70 million in the moment.
The European Commission, which sold vaccine documents on behalf of its 27 member states, has been heavily scrutinized for slow games in Europe. It aims to vaccinate 70% of citizens by the end of the summer.
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AstraZeneca published at the end of January that it would just be able to deliver 40 million vaccines to the EU27 in the initial part of the year out of the 120 million it had initially promised due to production difficulties at a Belgian plant.
Denmark and Norway were the latest nations to suspend the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine amid news of blood clotting in some people who have received the jab.
Health officials stated it was a measure taken as an “anticipation” with no direct link yet between the clots and the vaccine dose.
Austrian health officials had denied the use of a batch of AstraZeneca vaccine last Sunday after a 49-year old woman died due to many thromboses — formation of plasma clots within blood vessels — 10 days after being directed the jab. A 35-year-old was also hospitalized for a pulmonary embolism after starting a vaccine from the same batch.
Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia also hung the use of the batch.