US pharma group Pfizer warned Friday that Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Europe would be reduced “as of next week” as the company ramps up its production capacity.
The reason for the reduction is that production at the company’s factory in Puurs, Belgium is to be upgraded, Pfizer Denmark told the national broadcaster DR.
It is not immediately clear how long it will take for Pfizer to attain maximum production capacity, which will rise from 1.3 to 2 billion doses annually. But the expansion involves new quality control tests and approvals from authorities, according to DR.
The company expects to be able to deliver significantly more doses after February, thereby making up lost ground.
The Pfizer vaccine has been used by Denmark since it commenced its vaccination programme on December 27th.
Vaccines from Moderna, the second producer to be approved for supply by the European Medicines Agency, began arriving in the country this week.
Latest figures show that Denmark has now administered 147,115 Covid-19 vaccinations, around 2.5 percent of the population.