AstraZeneca has reached an agreement with Europe’s Inclusive Vaccines Alliance (IVA), spearheaded by Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, to supply up to 400 million doses of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine, with deliveries starting by the end of 2020.
With today’s agreement, the IVA aims to accelerate the supply of the vaccine and to make it available to other European countries that wish to participate in the initiative. The IVA is committed to providing equitable access to all participating countries across Europe.
AstraZeneca continues to build a number of supply chains in parallel across the world, including for Europe.
The company is seeking to expand manufacturing capacity further and is open to collaborating with other companies in order to meet its commitment to support access to the vaccine at no profit during the pandemic.
“This agreement will ensure that hundreds of millions of Europeans have access to Oxford University’s vaccine following approval,” said AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot.
“With our European supply chain due to begin production soon, we hope to make the vaccine available widely and rapidly.”
The company has recently completed similar agreements with the UK, US, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and Gavi the Vaccine Alliance for 700 million doses, and it agreed a licence with the Serum Institute of India for the supply of an additional one billion doses, principally for low- and middle-income countries.
Total manufacturing capacity currently stands at two billion doses.