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UN secretary general calls on nations to share vaccines as world surpasses 2 million Covid-19 deaths

January 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In wake of the Covid-19 pandemic claiming 2 million lives, the head of the United Nations has called for countries to "commit now" to share excess doses of vaccines.

In wake of the Covid-19 pandemic claiming 2 million lives, the head of the United Nations has called for countries to "commit now" to share excess doses of vaccines.

A senior Trump administration official told CNN Friday that when the administration announced that it would be releasing reserved doses last week, many of those reserves had already been released into the system starting last year as production was ramping up.

The revelation seems to contradict what US Health and Human Services secretary announced on Jan. 12 at an Operation Warp Speed briefing, where he said the administration would be “releasing the entire supply for order by states, rather than holding second doses in reserve. ”

“We are hearing there is not a stockpile of vaccine for second dose but that it was more of a ‘paper exercise,’” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

In a statement released to CNN, Leyen said she "immediately called the CEO of Pfizer, and he explained that there is a production delay in the next weeks," but reiterated that Pfizer would deliver the vaccines as agreed.

Earlier Friday Pfizer announced shipments from its vaccine facility in Puurs, Belgium, will be temporarily reduced as it scales up to produce two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses in 2021.

This comes as CNN reports Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine shipments will be temporarily reduced outside the US as manufacturing scales up.

Specifically Pfizer said on Friday that shipments from its vaccine facility in Puurs, Belgium, will be temporarily reduced as it scales up to produce two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses in 2021.

Pfizer said shipments from its vaccine facility in Puurs, Belgium, will be temporarily reduced as it scales up to produce two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses in 2021.

The incoming Biden administration plans to retire the name for the coronavirus vaccine effort under President Trump – Operation Warp Speed – with a transition official for the incoming president telling CNN they are "moving to a new phase" of the coronavirus response.

Germany's Health Ministry said the country's federal and state governments ''noted with regret'' the ''very short notice and unexpected announcement by the [European] Commission and Pfizer'' to limit coronavirus vaccine deliveries temporarily due to modifications at the Puurs Pfizer plant in Belgium.

Norway’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Geir Bukholm, said in a statement: "For Norway, this means that in week 3 we will receive 7,800 fewer doses than Pfizer had previously reported. " 

We were predicted to receive 43,875 vaccine doses from Pfizer in week 3.

"The pharmaceutical company Pfizer has today announced that it will deliver fewer covid-19 vaccines to Europe than planned in the coming weeks.

"We are in ongoing dialogue with Pfizer about what it will actually mean for deliveries to Denmark, but we expect that this will mean that in the coming time we can vaccinate fewer than first assumed," director of Statens Serum Henrik Ullum Institute said.

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