European Union vaccination programme progressing; 150 million Moderna vaccines ordered

As many as 75 million doses from the new order will be shipped in the second quarter

EU vaccination programme progressing; 150 million Moderna vaccines ordered

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"We're still struggling to get started", she admitted, adding that a mechanism had been launched to allow member states to share doses between them once supplies permitted. The shortfall is a further setback to the EU's sluggish rollout of vaccines, which has also been hit by delays from UK-based AstraZeneca and U.S. firm Moderna.

This means the European Union has taken delivery of around 28 million doses of the two-shot jab, European Union officials told the Reuters news agency.

The EU will invest at least 75 million euros ($90 million) to develop specialised tests to identify variants, and it will provide another 150 million euros to boost research in variants, the EU executive said in a statement.

The slight increase was said to reflect the firm's efforts to make up for earlier shortfalls in deliveries.

The EU has two contracts with Pfizer for the supply of 600 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine.

Fortin said Moderna, which has already delivered 500,000 doses, will deliver a reduced shipment of 168,000 doses next week.

Despite the shortfalls and growing anger over the bloc's sluggish vaccines rollout, the European Commission has yet to ban the export of any jabs overseas. The company plans to ship 475,000 doses next week and then 444,000 per week next month. At age 68, he would be a likely candidate in most countries.

Canada has fallen behind dozens of other countries in measurements of doses administered by population, according to a global vaccine tracking database maintained by University of Oxford researchers.

Its vaccination programme has lagged behind those of the US, Israel and Britain, but the bloc is looking to quickly scale up.

In addition, an updated delivery timeline released by PHAC shows Canada should receive enough doses from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to fully vaccinate 14.5 million Canadians by the end of June.

Russian Federation should explain why it's offering to sell millions of doses of its coronavirus vaccine to other countries while lagging behind the vaccination of its own citizens, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

"But it's an ongoing learning process".

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