Pfizer: Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to slow in late January

UK to face delay in delivery of Pfizer vaccine

UK to face delay in delivery of Pfizer vaccine

But in an indication the issue might go beyond Europe, Canada's government said it was also affected.

"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".

Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist from Wuhan University said if the link between these deaths and vaccines is proven, it would indicate that the effect of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and other mRNA vaccines is not as good as expected, while the main goal of mRNA vaccines is to heal patients.

The statement released in Oslo is the most cautious yet from a European health authority as countries assess the real-world side effects of the first shots to gain approval.

"But obviously, when you get less vaccine, it has an effect on the number of people that you can deliver first doses to, in particular", Dix said. The first people to be immunised in many places have been older than that as countries rush to inoculate nursing-home residents at high risk from the virus.

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen said Pfizer's CEO had guaranteed the delivery of all doses of the coronavirus ordered by the bloc for the first quarter of 2021.

Moe said Health Minister Paul Merriman would be raising the "urgent matter" on a call with federal and provincial ministers on Friday morning.

"There are 13 deaths that have been assessed, and we are aware of another 16 deaths that are now being assessed", the agency said.

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"The specificities of these arrangements are laid down in these purchase orders or contracts", he said. "This large-scale promotion of Pfizer's vaccine is a continuous process of large-scale testing on human beings", the editorial read.

Pfizer and BioNTech are working with the Norwegian regulator to investigate the deaths in Norway, Pfizer said in an e-mailed statement.

Canada's shipment of Pfizer vaccines for the week of January 18 remains "largely unaffected", Anand said.

Doctors in Norway have been asked to conduct more thorough evaluations of very frail elderly patients in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, following the reported deaths, the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported.

According to the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NMA), out of 23, 13 people-aged above 80-have so far been autopsied.

Several EU countries have complained about receiving far fewer doses of the Pfizer vaccine after the United States firm slowed shipments as it upgrades its production facilities.

"The stock we now have will be able to compensate for a reduction in the planned deliveries for a few weeks ahead if there is a need for this", he said. The delay is caused by production issues at a plant in Belgium. However, Tam said "if we ease measures too soon, the epidemic will resurge even more strongly".

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