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Germany's COVID vaccine procurement labeled a 'gross failure' - DW
Experts and politicians slammed the German government on Saturday for failing to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccine doses ahead of the country's coronavirus vaccination drive.

As a member of the EU vaccine procurement scheme, Germany is reliant on regulators at the European level granting authorization of the vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection.

But the EU has taken longer than countries like the UK, US and Canada to give the go-ahead.

So far, only the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine is permitted in EU member states, but the block as a whole only made an order for 300 million doses during the summer, in the belief that more vaccine alternatives would be available.

Frauke Zipp, a neurologist and member of the advisory Leopoldina Academy of Sciences, on Saturday slammed German lawmakers for their lack of foresight over vaccine procurement.

"I consider the current situation a gross failure," she told Die Welt newspaper. "Why didn't they order much more of the vaccine during the summer just to be safe?"

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 03:00:04 PM EST
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Could the 5-day shelf of the miracle vaccine been the deal killer?
by Cat on Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 at 06:19:46 PM EST
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Scarce doses and empty vaccination centres: Germany's vaccine rollout headache
Pfizer supply chain competition edition, ES decentralized "exposure"
by Cat on Sun Jan 10th, 2021 at 06:37:38 PM EST
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Let's recap: In the month across the imperial basket (USD, GBP, EURO), simultaneous SURGE of SAR-CoV-2 cases AND COVID-19 deaths messed the curves; Pfizer supply chain discipline has collapsed; "experts" have detected purported statistically insignificant cases of SAR-CoV-2 "variants" circulating in S. Africa and UK (initially, more transmissible/not more deadly, now more transmissible AND deadly); purchasing authorities are re-allocating orders of Pfizer-substitute, Phase III trial vaccines which have not been officially licensed for general use.

Moderna says it believes vaccine will work against new variants
"Moderna said it plans to publish data from its tests against the variants on the website bioRxiv."

by Cat on Mon Jan 25th, 2021 at 06:34:00 PM EST
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Moderna making booster shot to fight Covid-19 variants
wide-spectrum sell sheet developing ...
by Cat on Mon Jan 25th, 2021 at 09:16:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 06:57:36 PM EST
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That is what viruses do.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jan 31st, 2021 at 05:05:55 AM EST
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EU locks horns with AstraZeneca on vaccine deliveries amid 'supply shock'
"Under advance purchase deals sealed during the pandemic, the EU makes down-payments to companies to secure doses, with the money expected to be ["]mostly used["] to expand production capacity."
by Cat on Mon Jan 25th, 2021 at 10:43:00 PM EST
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Sweden wants clarity on vaccine doses before paying Pfizer
"To extract the sixth dose, low dead volume syringes or needles, which only retain a low amount of solution after an injection, are needed."
by Cat on Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 04:55:38 PM EST
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Coronavirus: Europe looks for a way out of vaccine fiasco, 8 manufacturers for about 2B doses, but so far ...
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said after the talks that the company's answers had not been satisfactory. "The new schedule is not acceptable," she told DW. "The EU prefinanced the development and production of vaccine against COVID-19 with a total of € 2.7 billion ($3.3 billion) and wants to see the return. Which doses have been produced, where and to whom have they been delivered?" she said. "The EU wants the prefinanced and preordered doses. The contract needs to be fully fulfilled."
Sanofi to help produce 100 million Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses
The French company will aim to help supply more than 100 million doses of the vaccine this year from its German plant in Frankfurt, CEO Paul Hudson told Le Figaro newspaper on Tuesday...."Since our main vaccine is a few months late, we asked ourselves how we could be of assistance now," Hudson was quoted as saying
by Cat on Tue Jan 26th, 2021 at 10:16:58 PM EST
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EU seeks access to AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccines produced at UK plants
[AstraZeneca CEO] Soriot said that vaccines meant for the EU were produced in four plants in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.

But EU Commission officials said on Wednesday that under the contract, the company had also committed to providing vaccines from two factories in Britain. They added the firm had not provided sufficient explanations on why doses could not be shipped from stocks at factories which experienced no production problem, like those in Britain.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Wed Jan 27th, 2021 at 06:54:01 PM EST
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Can the EU win a case against AstraZeneca? I'm not convinced, Tory barrister dissembling
Both contracts (the one, published previously, which I used as an example in my last post, and today's) are what the EU calls advance purchase agreements, or APAs.
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What our courts say is that if you wanted the contract to say X, you should have written it as X. If they wanted a strict guarantee, they should have written in a strict guarantee. If parties write they must use best efforts, it means they must use best efforts. Attempts to erode that or increase the burden bump headfirst into this problem.
norms and international law contagion story developing ...
by Cat on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 05:31:22 PM EST
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Looks like the Commission is as hopeless with PDF files as the US Army. Information that was supposed to be hidden, such as how much the vaccines cost, turns out to be easily readable.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 29th, 2021 at 08:25:05 PM EST
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Would it work under Belgian law?

If so, it would come as surprise to me. But then, I am not qualified in Belgian law. Where Belgian law differs from our law it does so by having a `good faith' principle in contract.

And selling doses to other countries while being under contract to use their reasonable best efforts to deliver the due doses, doesn't sound not very much as a `good faith' interpretation.

I did not in the contract see where disputes would be settled, so I assume Belgium. If it legally matters I also noticed in the contract that AstraZeneca kept Astras old adress as the common adress, so AstraZeneca is incorporated in Sweden.

by fjallstrom on Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 at 09:09:47 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 30th, 2021 at 03:52:16 PM EST
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EU requests inspection of AstraZeneca vaccine production in Belgium
EIA search for WMD, sort of. NL, DE, IT dodge bullets. Erdogan prepares alibi. US, UK update purchase orders.
by Cat on Thu Jan 28th, 2021 at 07:14:05 PM EST
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