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Brussels pledges to buy up to 250 million doses of Spain’s Hipra vaccine against Covid


The European Commission has reached an agreement with the company Hipra to ensure the purchase of up to 250 million doses of the Spanish vaccine against Covid. The contract allows for the purchase of the drug in the 14 countries affected by this operation. With this movement, the Community Executive signed commitments guaranteeing access to approximately 4,200 million doses the statement published this Tuesday by the Commission itself.

The Hipra laboratories in Girona have already started the approval process by the European Medicines Agency. “If the vaccine gets approval [de la EMA, siglas en inglés de la agencia]the participating countries can buy the cans through the signed contract,” says the commission.

After hearing about the agreement, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called it “good news” and noted that the move “demonstrates the power of innovation and public-private collaboration”.

Since the joint purchase to fight the coronavirus was agreed, the Community Executive has signed agreements with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen, Pfizer, Novavax and Valneva. This catalog is now being expanded to include the Spanish Hipra and, according to Brussels, guarantees “that Europe remains well prepared for vaccination against Covid-19”. In addition, there is also the possibility that many of these vials will be sent to countries where vaccination campaigns have not reached the rates achieved in the EU.

Vaccination was the EU’s big bet to overcome the pandemic that exploded in February and March 2020 and is still raging in different parts of the world, one of the last chapters of the rigorous lockdown taking place in China. There, Asian authorities approved very strict isolation measures in Shanghai a few months ago when infections got out of control. Similar episodes have also been seen in Beijing more recently, albeit shorter.

In Europe, on the other hand, no measures to contain the pandemic have been decided for months. The final chapter came last fall when the omicron variant appeared. Authorities consistently point to vaccines as the main reason why ongoing infections are less harmful than when the pandemic began. In total, around 909 million doses have already been injected in the EU, reaching at least 73% of the population with at least a first bite, with Bulgaria taking last place with 30% of the vaccinated population.


Source elpais.com

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