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Conte calls AstraZeneca cuts to vaccine doses to the EU ‘unacceptable’

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Report. ‘We will resort to all legal instruments and all legal initiatives, as we are already doing with Pfizer-BioNTech, to demand compliance with the contractual commitments and to protect our national community.’

written by Eleonora Martini

Topic European Union

January 27, 2021

At this juncture, “Variants” and “vaccines” are the two key elements in the work of fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. The first is from the medical point of view, since the opinions regarding the mutations of the virus detected so far are conflicting and constantly evolving in the international scientific community. The second one is particularly from the point of view of organization and strategy for the vaccination campaign. Because, as pointed out by the president of the Superior Council of Health (CSS), Franco Locatelli, who on Sunday morning presented the analysis of data from the regional monitoring of the Control Center together with the Director General of Prevention of the Ministry of Health, Gianni Rezza, “it would be necessary to accelerate” the vaccinations, but a lot “depends on the supply.”

Just as Locatelli, speaking from the CSS headquarters at Lungotevere Ripa in Rome, was launching an appeal to artists, who made a living from live shows and are suffering so much in this period due to the lack of work, to take part in a major advertising plan for the vaccination campaign, the top management of AstraZeneca, convened urgently by Minister Speranza and Commissioner Arcuri, confirmed “the downsizing of the production capacity.”

“This is unacceptable,” protested Prime Minister Conte in the........

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