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J&J starts to deliver 50m. vaccine doses to EU


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson on Monday began delivering its COVID-19 single-dose vaccine to EU countries, European Union officials and the company said.

The company had initially planned to start its deliveries at the beginning of April, but delayed the rollout due to production issues.

“The first doses are leaving warehouses for member states today,” a European Commission spokesman told a news conference on Monday.

“Johnson & Johnson begins vaccine shipments to the EU today. Very good news,” said Peter Liese, an EU lawmaker from the same party as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The US company has committed to delivering 55 million doses to the EU by the end of June and another 120 million in the third quarter, EU Industry Commission­er Thierry Breton said this month.

“Most recently, it was unclear whether that promise would be kept. However, 50 million doses are certain” for the second quarter, Liese said, noting he received this informatio­n from the company and from the European Commission, which coordinate­s talks with vaccine makers.

A spokeswoma­n for Johnson & Johnson confirmed that it began deliveries on Monday to EU countries, Norway and Iceland, but declined to comment on supplies for April and the second quarter.

It said it aimed to deliver 200 million doses in 2021 to the EU, Norway and Iceland.

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