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Slovenia: Pfizer, Moderna optional offers refused due to delivery timeline

Christian Fernsby |
Slovenia did not opt for an optional offer by the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines as part of joint EU purchasing because the deliveries were expected as late as in the second half of 2021, the Health Ministry told the STA on Sunday.

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The country expressed interest in acquiring vaccine volumes on a pro rata basis, it added.

Until 15 March, Slovenia had received 333,000 vaccine doses, the ministry said in a press release, noting that the European Commission signed contracts with vaccine producers as part of the joint EU procurement on behalf of EU member states, whereas the latter merely entered into vaccine delivery contracts.

“When these decisions were taken, it was not clear which vaccine would be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), leading to a state of great uncertainty,” said the ministry, adding that it deemed it safest at the time to express interest in purchasing “all contractual volumes of vaccines” as based on the pro rata system.

However, Slovenia “did not decide on purchasing optional offers by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna due to their delivery timeline”.

“Additional orders were guaranteed already in the first half of the year, so Slovenia ordered more of these vaccines than its pro rata volume.”

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