The European Union (EU) spoke about the difficulties with the production of a coronavirus vaccine. This was stated by the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung.
According to her, the European Union initially underestimated the possible problems with the production of vaccines. Ursula von der Leyen noted that the EU should have understood that with the new manufacturing processes for medicines, there would be a “roller coaster” before the scheme stabilizes. The head of the EC added that in the near future, vaccine manufacturers may begin to report a lack of capacity. She stressed that it is necessary to be constantly prepared for the fact that there is a shortage of materials for the creation of drugs.
Earlier it was reported that vaccination against coronavirus in Italy was under threat: the country has serious problems with the supply of drugs. According to COVID-19 Emergency Commissioner Domenico Arcuri, the number of vaccines delivered in the country is 60 percent less than previously planned.
In recent weeks, the EU has faced a number of problems with the supply of coronavirus vaccines. So, on January 15, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced its decision to reduce the supply of the drug to European countries, while modernizing production. Then, on January 23, the Bild newspaper reported that AstraZeneca would not be able to deliver the expected number of doses of its vaccine to European countries. One of the reasons for the disruption of supplies is a fire at a vaccine factory under construction in the Indian city of Pune.