Italy to get over half million more vaccine shots by March

People wearing protective face masks stand near the Colosseum, one day before the country goes back to lockdown as part of the efforts put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, Italy

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”, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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 that Italy must guard against infiltration of the vaccine business by criminal groups.

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