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EU's Von Der Leyen says Astrazeneca will deliver 9 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses

BERLIN: AstraZeneca will deliver 30 per cent more coronavirus vaccine doses to the EU than it pledged last week, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday (Jan 31).

The company will send 9 million additional doses and "will start deliveries one week earlier than scheduled", Von der Leyen said in a tweet after days of tensions over production delays.

An EU source said that the first deliveries would start in the second week of February.

AstraZeneca would also extend its production capacity in Europe, Von der Leyen added.

The EU leader sent the tweet after talks Sunday with the leaders of the drugs companies that have signed vaccine contracts the EU.

She told Germany's ZDF broadcaster the new doses represented an increase of 30 per cent on the previous order.

The aim was still to vaccinate 70 per cent of adults in the EU by the end of summer, she added.

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