UK Covid live: government 'confident' about vaccine supply after EU threat

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11.15am GMT

The German government has challenged reports of a lower-than-expected efficacy rate of the AstraZeneca vaccine for older people, while reiterating concerns about the British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant’s data reporting.

An article in German business daily Handelsblatt had reported that the German government was expecting the European Medical Agency’s (EMA) assessment to show the AstraZeneca vaccine to be only 8% effective among the over-65s, describing it a “setback for Berlin’s vaccination strategy”.

10.57am GMT

This from Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, last night on the EU’s discussions with AstraZeneca about the company’s unexpected cut of vaccine supply for EU member states. Talks with the drugmaker, she said, will continue on Wednesday.

Discussions with @AstraZeneca today resulted in dissatisfaction with the lack of clarity and insufficient explanations. EU Member States are united: vaccine developers have societal and contractual responsibilities they need to uphold.

With our Member States, we have requested from AZ a detailed planning of vaccine deliveries and when distribution will take place to Member States. Another meeting will be convened on Wednesday to discuss the matter further.

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