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Vaccine manufacturers should uphold delivery schedules: Kiuru

Published : 21 Jan 2021, 01:44

  DF Report

A combine photo of Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (L) and Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. File Photo: Finnish government by Lauri Heikkinen and Xinhua.

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru on Wednesday said that the manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines should stick to their promise to deliver the agreed batches of vaccines to the Member States.

She, however, said that the European Commission continues to play an essential role in putting pressure on the manufacturers.

The minister discussed the situation regarding vaccines with Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety on Wednesday, said a press release of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

During their discussion, Kiuru emphasised how important it is to stick to the agreed deliveries of vaccine batches and their steady delivery schedule and smooth distribution to the EU Member States in order to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Minister thanked the Commissioner for the Commission’s efforts to put more pressure on the vaccine manufacturers so that they would increase their production capacity.

According to Kiuru, the EU’s joint procurement procedure has proved to be a good and necessary procedure for Finland as the situation in the market for COVID-19 vaccines is difficult.