EU warns of risk of syringe shortages for possible COVID-19 vaccine - (Financial Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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