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EU official expects AstraZeneca to miss half of second-quarter vaccine supply

An EU official has stated that AstraZeneca expects to deliver less than half of the vaccines in the second quarter supply for the European Union.

This prediction follows a significant reduction in vaccine supplies in the first quarter which will impact the EU’s ability to meet its vaccination targets by Summer.

The official stated that AstraZeneca would deliver less than 90 million doses in the second quarter which subsequently impacts the EU’s target of vaccinating 70% of adults by the Summer.

The company had originally committed to delivering 180 million doses in the second quarter and 90 million in the first quarter according to a contract with the EU.

A spokesman from AstraZeneca stated that the company is hopeful that they will be able to bring their deliveries closer in line with the advance purchase agreement.

A German health ministry document from February states that AstraZeneca will make up for its shortfalls in deliveries by the end of September.

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