Health authorities tried to make vaccine agreement outside the EU

Danish health authorities have tried to make a vaccine agreement on faster vaccine deliveries with Pfizer outside the EU.

They have done so, although at the same time the government has backed the EU strategy of buying corona vaccines together.

It writes Jyllands-Posten.

Henrik Ullum, director of the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), tells the newspaper that SSI and the Danish Medicines Agency held a meeting with Pfizer on New Year’s Eve, where they tried to convince Pfizer to deliver more vaccines faster than Denmark is entitled to through EU joint procurement.

The meeting was with Pfizer Denmark and Pfizer’s northern European sales organization.

In exchange for the faster deliveries, Denmark offered to provide Pfizer with field data that the pharmaceutical company could use to investigate the effect of its coronary vaccine.

– It is clear that at the present time in the epidemic it would be a huge advantage to get more vaccines faster, says Henrik Ullum to Jyllands-Posten.

The vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech was the first vaccine to be approved in the EU. The first sting was given in Denmark on 27 December and since then about 118,000 Danes have been vaccinated.

But right now people in Denmark are being vaccinated faster than we get deliveries.

Therefore, Danish Regions must wait to vaccinate as many as they actually have the capacity for daily.

From Tuesday to Wednesday, less than 1,000 Danes were vaccinated.

However, SSI and the Danish Medicines Agency have never received a response to the proposal. Henrik Ullum therefore no longer considers it an option.

It has not been possible for Jyllands-Posten to receive a comment from the Prime Minister’s Office or the Ministry of Health.

The newspaper has requested an answer as to whether the government has given the green light to the health authorities to apply for a special agreement for Denmark.

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