Curious & curiouser - Pfizer/BioNTech announced that they were increasing the production rate to 2.5 billion per annum by late 2021.Looks like there will be lots of AZ and JnJ available soon...
Canada will be thrilled - they have just announced today that AZ is safe for use, by all. They are also in desperate need of vaccines so now EU doesn't want them, there will be lots of countries who do!
Meanwhile all this will achieve is the EU languishing for longer and probably out of bounds for us Aussies for longer too.
Europe bets heavily on Pfizer in vaccine strategy overhaul
Europe has hinted it will not renew contracts for coronavirus vaccines produced by pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, in a new strategy that pivots heavily towards Pfizer and its new mRNA technology.
In a surprise statement on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said negotiations were under way to buy 1.8 billion Pfizer-BioNTech doses for 2022 and 2023.
The European Commission has hinted it will not renew contracts for vaccines produced by pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.www.theage.com.au
They also stated they had around 600m+ doses uncontracted for 2021 (I recall).
Something does not add up as by end 2022 (if all goes to plan which Pfizer/BioNTech seem to have been executing exceedingly well, especially in licencing other Pharma companies to produce it like at Kundl in Austria - the place without the kangaroos worth doing a search on Kundl, a small village of under 4,000 people about 55km north east of Innsbruck to get an idea of how behind we are in Australia).
Unless massive recent contracts not yet announced by Pfizer/BioNTech - there should be around 3 billion doses available before the end of 2022. So for the EU's 1.8bn dose order to stretch into 2023 seems odd.
Perhaps it is stretched out to allow for variants to be created in the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine.