The member states of the European Union (EU), will receive an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the first three months of next year to hasten the pace against the fast-spreading Omicron variant.
The European Commission said, “The Commission has today agreed with BioNTech-Pfizer to accelerate the delivery of its mRNA vaccine to Member States, starting in a few weeks.
“Five million doses will be delivered in January, another five million in February and an extra ten million doses in March.
These doses come on top of the already scheduled 195 million doses from BioNTech-Pfizer, bringing the total number of deliveries in Q1 to 215 million.
According to the executive arm of the EU, full vaccination and the roll-out of boosters remains one of the EU’s top health priorities.
Being the world’s COVID-19 epicenter for a second time, Europe is bracing for a new wave of the pandemic.
Over 529 new Omicron cases were reported in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA), on Dec.
16, contributing to an overall total of 3,158 cases caused by the variant, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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EU to supply 20 mln additional vaccine to fight Omicron variant