Italy to get over half mn more vaccine shots by Mar

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 10 – Italy will get over half a million
more COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of March under a new
European Union scheme, premier’s office sources said after
reports of new delays and shortfalls Monday.
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has
negotiated the acquisition of a further four million doses from
producers including BioNTech-Pfizer, the sources said, above and
beyond what was already envisaged by the first quarter delivery
programme.
    “For Italy that amounts to an additional quota of 532,000 doses
which will be delivered in the last two weeks of March,” the
sources said.
    They said these additional shots would “help tackle the
emergence of new contagions and variants”.
    Italian drugs agency AIFA, meanwhile, said that a higher number
of doses should be got from each phial of vaccine.
    And Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said Italy must guard
against infiltration of the vaccine business by criminal groups.
    (ANSA).
   

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