The EU has warned member states of the risk of shortages of syringes, wipes and protective gear needed for potential mass vaccinations against COVID-19 and urged them to consider joint procurement, as reported in the Financial Post.
Representatives of Italy and the Netherlands have expressed interest, according to an EU document.
It also asked member states to consider jointly buying more influenza vaccines and increase the number of people vaccinated to reduce the risk of simultaneous influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks in the fall.
Further, the EU executive said it had approached vaccine makers about whether additional doses of influenza vaccine were available, according to the document.
A spokesman for the Commission declined to comment, as preparations for the possible launch of procurements are confidential.
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