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Nearly 200,000 Pfizer doses before end of June

14.04.2021 - 14:12
epa08951830 The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, Britain, 20 January 2021. More than four million people in the UK have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to government figures. People in their 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable in England are now among those being offered the vaccine.  EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
Bóluefni Pfizer og BioNTech. Mynd: EPA-EFE - EPA
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen this morning announced that Pfizer will provide 50 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses in the second quarter of this year than expected.

This means that Iceland will receive 192,000 doses, enough to vaccinate 96,000 people, from Pfizer before the end of June, the country's health ministry has confirmed.

Von der Leyen said this morning (see below) that the 50 million extra doses were scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of this year but will now be delivered in the second quarter instead.

She also said that negotiations are underway for the manufacture of 1.8 billion new doses between 2021 and 2023 to cover both booster injections as required, and to treat any possible new COVID-19 variants.

The news comes as Iceland and the rest of the EU/EEA has postponed the roll-out of the new single-dose Janssen vaccine. Additionally, Denmark has announced it will not recommence use of the AstraZeneca vaccine at all. It is not yet clear whether or how the Danish decision will influence Iceland.