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EU Banks On Homegrown COVID-19 Vaccines Amid Delays And Supply Issues

EU Banks On Homegrown COVID-19 Vaccines Amid Delays And Supply Issues

As the European Union struggles to accelerate its sluggish coronavirus vaccination campaign amid delivery delays and logistical problems, the bloc is ramping up its manufacturing capacity.

 

France will start manufacturing coronavirus vaccines on its territory on Wednesday, the country's ministry of finance said, with the goal to produce 250 million doses by the end of the year. In Germany, BioNTech is setting up a giant production facility in Marburg that it says can produce up to a billion doses this year alone. The moves come as the World Health Organization said last week the rollout of vaccines in Europe was “unacceptably slow”. As of April 4, only 12.7% of the EU's population had received at least one injection, compared to 46.5% in the UK and 31.2% in the US.

 

The safety and supply troubles with AstraZeneca's vaccine have further highlighted how reliant the EU is on research and manufacturing from outside the bloc. In this context, EU officials are banking on homegrown production as the answer to reliable supply in the months and years ahead.

 

European Commissioner Thierry Breton told Le Parisien newspaper on Sunday that the bloc "will become the world's leading vaccine producer by the end of the year, with a volume that could reach 3 billion doses per year, compared to 2 billion for the US."

 

Source: Euronews

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