The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Pfizer says it can deliver 10 pct more vaccines by May


NEW YORK: Pfizer has “ramped up production” of its Covid-19 vaccine and can deliver 10 percent more doses than expected to the United States by the end of May, its CEO Albert Bourla said on Tuesday.

That would bring its delivery by the end of next month to 220 million doses, and Bourla said on Twitter the pharmaceut­ical giant can also “supply the full 300 million agreed on for the end of July two weeks early.”

The news comes after US health authoritie­s earlier in the day called for a pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid19 vaccine, after six women between age 18 and 48 developed a rare type of blood clot that left one dead and another in critical condition.

The White House said it was confident there would be no “significan­t impact” on the vaccinatio­n plan in the world’s hardest-hit country, where almost half of all adults have now received at least one dose.

Jeff Zients, President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response coordinato­r, said that a huge surplus in the supply of two other vaccines — Pfizer and Moderna — meant the country could easily take up the slack.

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