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2021.01.15 17:57

Baltic and Nordic countries urge Brussels for action on Pfizer vaccine delays

BNS2021.01.15 17:57

On Friday, Lithuania and other Baltic and Nordic countries called on the European Commission to demand an explanation from BioNTech and Pfizer over coronavirus vaccine delivery delays.

"We request you to urgently engage with BioNTech-Pfizer to demand a public explanation of the situation and to stress the need to ensure stability and transparency of timely deliveries," the six countries said in a letter seen by BNS.

"National governments cannot plan for successful vaccination without predictability of the vaccine delivery schedules," they said.

In the letter to the European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakidou, ministers from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Denmark and Sweden expressed "severe concern" that delivery delays may affect the sustainability and credibility of the vaccination process.

Earlier on Thursday, Pfizer announced that the deliveries of vaccines to Lithuania would be halved for the next four weeks. According to the Lithuanian Health Ministry, other EU member states will also experience the same delays.

Read more: Pfizer halves vaccine shipments to Lithuania

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