EU seeks new contract with Pfizer for up to 1.8 bln vaccines from 2022 -EU source - (Financial Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • An EU official says the European Commission is seeking approval by member states to launch talks with Pfizer and BioNTech for the purchase of up to 1.8 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccines to be delivered in 2022 and 2023, as reported in the Financial Post.

  • The official indicated that the EU executive had already decided to approach Pfizer-BioNTech and that EU governments backed the plan, though there was not yet a definitive approval.

  • A Commission spokesman confirmed plans to buy the additional doses, of which half would be optional.

  • He also confirmed that the EU executive had already identified one supplier, a manufacturer of mRNA vaccines, but declined to comment on which company would be approached to negotiate the contract.

  • The vaccines would be delivered under monthly timetables and with clauses obliging the supplier to deliver, the EU official added.

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