AstraZeneca will deliver 180 million vaccines to EU member states in the second quarter, as agreed. Half of this comes from the production lines in the EU, the rest must be produced elsewhere, a spokesman for the company told the NOS.
If that promise of the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company is fulfilled, it means that the Netherlands will receive the previously promised 6.8 million doses in the second quarter.
Reuters news agency reported early in the evening that the 27 member states would receive less than 90 million doses in the second quarter. The news agency had heard this from an anonymous EU source involved in the negotiations with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company. AstraZeneca said in a response that it would do its “best” to meet the commitments.
The Dutch Ministry of Health was told by the pharmaceutical company that it would receive about 4 million doses in the second quarter instead of the agreed 6.8 million.
This irritated Minister De Jonge. “AstraZeneca is a very complicated company to handle steady to make agreements, “he said at the beginning of the evening during the press conference with Prime Minister Rutte.” There are constant changes in the delivery schedule. To drive you crazy. The deliveries ultimately determine the speed at which we vaccinate. “