BRUSSELS, KOMPAS.com – The European Union will stop ordering the coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca after June.
The announcement was made by European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton on Sunday (9/5/2021) as reported German wave.
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Breton told the radio France Inter that it will evaluate what happened while adding that AstraZeneca is a good vaccine.
“We don’t renew orders after June. We’ll see what happens,” said Breton.
Breton assured that the European Union did not close its doors to the Anglo-Swedish company.
Two weeks ago, the EU took legal action against AstraZeneca for failing to respect the terms of its contract.
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On the other hand, Breton is also vocal about the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.
He estimates that the cost of ordering more of the newest BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine will be higher than the previous agreement.
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The increase in costs for the second generation vaccine is due to the additional research required and possible changes to industrial equipment.
“There may be a small additional fee, but I will let the competent authorities disclose it in due time,” said Brenton.
Previously, on Friday (7/5/2021) the European Commission said it had signed a new contract with vaccine developer BioNTech-Pfizer.
The contract orders 1.8 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for the years 2021-2023.
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Blood clot worries
Earlier, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) stated that it was reviewing reports of blood clots in some patients who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The plan to stop AstraZeneca vaccine orders was announced a few days after EMA said it would conduct a review.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently awaiting the results of the investigation. He said that until now there was no strong evidence.
Britain’s drug safety regulator said on Friday that most adults under the age of 40 would be given an alternative to a vaccine besides AstraZeneca because of its link to blood clots.
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