Moderna cuts deliveries to Italy and France in new blow to EU vaccination plans

Moderna cuts deliveries to Italy and France in new blow to EU vaccination plans

Reductions follow week of clashes between Brussels and AstraZeneca over Covid vaccine supplies

Vaccine manufacturer Moderna has told Italy and France it will deliver fewer doses than expected in February, in another blow to struggling coronavirus vaccination plans in the EU.

Domenico Arcuri, the Italian special commissioner in charge of Italy’s
pandemic response, said Moderna had told Rome that delivery volumes would be 20 per cent less than planned from early February.

France’s ministry of health said it was now expecting 25 per cent fewer doses from the US biotech than had originally been scheduled next month.

Moderna said it had provided “short-term revised delivery guidance” outside of the US because of a ramp-up at its manufacturing plant for the drug substance in Switzerland. “Moderna remains focused on operating at the highest level of quality to ensure the safety of the vaccine,” it said.