The 2 corporations mentioned Monday that the 27-nation group’s government Fee exercised an choice to buy the extra doses, bringing the overall variety of pictures to be delivered to the EU in 2021 to 600 million.
The announcement presents a much-needed increase to the EU’s sluggish and much-criticized vaccine rollout.
Sean Marett, the chief enterprise officer of BioNTech, mentioned deliveries of the corporate’s mRNA-based vaccine this 12 months will cowl two-thirds of the EU inhabitants.
The bloc has thus far administered about 105 million pictures to its inhabitants of some 450 million.
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s minister for planning and improvement says authorities are struggling to take care of the much-needed provide of oxygen to hospitals for COVID-19 sufferers.
Asad Umar, who additionally oversees Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus, mentioned on Twitter that hospitals have been constantly receiving coronavirus sufferers amid a surge in new instances.
He mentioned at present greater than 4,500 COVID-19 sufferers want vital care at hospitals, however many individuals are nonetheless violating social distancing guidelines. Umar mentioned residents are “making an enormous mistake by not following” social distancing guidelines.
His warning comes hours after Pakistan reported 73 fatalities in a single day from the coronavirus and 5,152 new instances.