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EU orders additional 200 million Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Credit: Belga

The European Commission has ordered another 200 million of the Pfizer / BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, BioNTech announced on Wednesday.

Those doses will come in addition to 300 million previously ordered by the Commission, BioNTech clarified in a press release.

The doses are “expected to be delivered in 2021, with an estimated 75 million to be supplied in the second quarter,” according to BioNTech.

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The vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech was the first to be recommended for approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 21 December.

Since then, vaccines by Moderna and AstraZeneca / Oxford University have also been approved and Johnson & Johnson has submitted its vaccine for EU approval as well.

EMA could make a decision on that vaccine by the middle of March, the agency has said.

In the meantime, 676.405 coronavirus vaccines by Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca have already been delivered to Belgium as of 14 February.

Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times