The doses, to be delivered this year, will cover two thirds of the EU population.
The European Union has ordered an extra 100 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, bringing the total ordered to 600 million, the two drugmakers announced in a statement on Monday.
The agreement comes as a result of the European Commission’s decision to exercise an option to order additional doses of the mRNA vaccine included in a purchase agreement signed in February.
Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla noted that, until now, the company had met its supply commitments to the Commission, and that it planned to deliver 250 million doses to the EU in the second quarter, “a four-fold increase on Q1’s agreed quantity.”
The 600 million doses, which will be delivered this year, cover “two thirds of the EU population,” said Sean Marett, chief business and chief commercial officer of BioNTech.
Last week, the Commission announced that it’s in talks to buy another 1.8 billion coronavirus vaccine doses from BioNTech/Pfizer for distribution between 2021-23. The additional doses are expected to help the bloc in the event Europeans need booster shots or retooled vaccines to fight coronavirus variants.
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