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People in Europe want Pfizer vaccine instead of AstraZeneca; big cut in supply ahead

Christian Fernsby |
In Germany, hundreds of thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca shot have gone unused, Yahoo News reported.

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Fewer than 200 people were showing up for 3,800 daily appointments at centers in Berlin offering only the AstraZeneca shot, The Times of London reported on Monday.

Officials in Austria and Bulgaria have also described public resistance to the AstraZeneca vaccine, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday.

In Italy, teachers and police officers have expressed concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In France, officials staggered vaccinations for health workers after several workers who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine called in sick over flu-like side effects. Last month, President Emmanuel Macron expressed doubt about the vaccine's effectiveness.

In Sweden, two regions temporarily suspended the rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines after hospital staffers who had received one jab reported mild side effects.

The Washington Post reported that some Britons were canceling and rebooking vaccination appointments to secure either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca shot based on rumors and insider information about which centers have which doses.

AstraZeneca expects to deliver less than half the Covid-19 vaccines it was contracted to supply the European Union in the second quarter, an EU official told Reuters.

The EU official, who is directly involved in talks with the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker, said the company had told the bloc during internal meetings that it "would deliver less than 90 million doses in the second quarter".

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