Von der Leyen: We will meet our goal for vaccinations already in July

The Commission is negotiating a new contract with BioNTech-Pfizer for 1.8 billion doses

Photo: EU Ursula von der Leyen at the Pfizer factory in Puurs-Sint-Amands.

Following her visit to the Pfizer manufacturing plant in Puurs, Belgium, EC President Ursula von der Leyen stated that she is confident that the goal of having 70% of adults in the EU vaccinated could be met already in July, or two months earlier than initially was planned. 

The EC President underscored that right now the European vaccination campaign is picking up speed with already 123 million vaccinations and 150 million doses delivered. "Initial problems with vaccines are overcame, and now we see production is increasing, delivery is increasing and we have stable processes," she explained.

Von der Leyen also said the Commission is working with BioNTech-Pfizer on a new contract. “This contract will foresee the delivery of 1.8 billion doses for the years 2021 to 2023. We will conclude it in the next days.”

She explained that the contract will secure the doses necessary to give booster shots to increase our immunity against this virus and will provide vaccines adapted to escape variants that no longer respond to the vaccines.

And it should enable us to vaccinate – if necessary and safe – children and teenagers, von der Leyen added.

 

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