Czech health minister seriously concerned over cut-back in Pfizer vaccine deliveries

Health Minister Jan Blatný has expressed serious concern over the news that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech will cut back on vaccine deliveries to Europe in the coming weeks due to changes to its production site.

Mr. Blatný said this was an unexpected complication in the inoculation process and expressed the hope that deliveries would be back on track as soon as possible.

According to information available to the Czech health authorities, there will be a reduction in deliveries from Pfizer by about 40 percent next week. Originally, the Czech Republic was to have received 70,000 doses of vaccine from Pfizer / BionNTech every week.

Six other EU nations have decried the situation as "unacceptable" and urged the European Commission to demand a public explanation.

EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had promised to do everything possible to reduce delays.