Deliveries from Johnson and Johnson have begun today with the first batch of the single-dose vaccine dispatched to the EU.
Rollout production issues had prevented the deliveries from beginning at an earlier date which was supposed to be at the start of April.
With the deliveries beginning today, a target of 55 million doses is expected to be provided to the bloc by the end of June according to Commission spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker.
Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has stated that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will ensure that 70% of the adult population is vaccinated by the Summer. As the vaccine only requires one single dose, it is expected that this will speed up vaccination programmes throughout the EU.