MILAN (Reuters) – AstraZeneca will deliver 180 million COVID-19 vaccines to Europe in the second quarter, of which 20 million to Italy, the head of its unit in Italy was quoted as saying on Thursday, dismissing reports of possible shortages.
Lorenzo Wittum, CEO and chairman of Astrazeneca in Italy, told the daily Il Corriere della Sera in an interview that Italy would receive more than 5 million shots by the end of March, less than the 8 million previously agreed, bringing the total to 25 million. dose in June.
Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing an EU official who was directly involved in talks with the Anglo-Swedish drug maker, that AstraZeneca expects to deliver less than half of the COVID-19 vaccines it contracts to supply to the European Union in the second quarter.
Wittum also said pharmaceutical companies were considering the possibility of administering a third dose and were working on a new version of the vaccine.
Reporting by Maria Pia Quaglia, editing by Agnieszka Flak
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany said it would receive 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in the second quarter, the health ministry said.
That could represent a flaw in the company’s commitment to deliver about twice that amount to Germany in the quarter, according to a leaked contract with the EU.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that the volume of shipments to the European Union was estimated to be half the level that AstraZeneca had contracted to supply in the second quarter.
Germany’s 16 million doses are in line with this possible shortfall, as the country is expected to receive about 34 million injections of the 180 million AstraZeneca agreed to supply to the EU in the second quarter, according to internal German health ministry documents seen by Reuters and a leaked contract between AstraZeneca and EU.
In a statement on Wednesday, the health ministry confirmed German estimates of the delivery contained in an internal document, which was not previously published.
According to the document, dated February 22, Germany is expected to receive 33.8 million doses of AstraZeneca in the third quarter, beyond the schedule specified in the EU contract, which estimates completion of initial deliveries by the end of June.
In total, Germany expects from AstraZeneca 56.3 million doses under the EU contract, which is the equivalent of 18.7% of 300 million doses for the EU.
“In calculating the number of doses available in the regions, the Ministry of Health has always kept in mind that the AstraZeneca vaccine was passed later than we expected in the fall,” said the health ministry.
Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, editing by Thomas Escritt and Douglas Busvine; Edited by Giles Elgood
Brazil’s minister of science and technology Marcos Pontes says his country wants to get extra Covid-19 vaccine from strategic partners India and wants to form a working group with scientists to address health challenges, including future pandemics.
“Like India, we are a large country and have a relatively large population. We want to vaccinate the entire population and want to get additional vaccines from India, ”Pontes told ET in an exclusive interview at the start of his week-long visit to India.
Pontes, who was among some of the first ministers to visit India this year, will meet his counterparts in addition to the health minister and scientists in Bengaluru. He will also watch the launch of the Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 from Sriharikota.
Brazil received the second batch of 2 million injections of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine from India on Tuesday. The first batch of 2 million
dose given in January.
Pontes pointed out that it wasn’t just vaccines that brought him to India. “I want to make a match between scientists from Brazil and India who are dealing with Covid-19 and other similar health challenges, such as dengue fever and chikungunia. We can come up with several solutions together, ”he said.
The use of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology in medicine is also a priority for Brazil, the minister said.
Likewise, Brazil wants to collaborate with India in the space field. “We have been following India’s and SU D’s space program for the last decade. I’m interested in exploring matchmaking in the space sector which can see Indian space experts also working from a Brazilian facility. ”
Pontes, a former Air Force pilot and astronaut who has worked with NASA & the Russian space agency, is also interested in fostering partnerships in the startup sector in both the bilateral and BRICS context.
In the second half of January, we witnessed a a heated dispute between AstraZeneca and the European Commission. AstraZeneca reports that they will not be able to reach the target number of vaccines they are supposed to provide to European countries. To make matters worse, the UK was found not to experience the same delay, and to benefit from preferred treatment. Later that month, France and Germany decided that the same vaccine was not recommended for people over 65. Macron, the French president, put it thicker by noting that the AstraZeneca injection “didn’t work as we expected, “while trying out the one-dose strategy chosen by the UK. The consequences do not take much time to show: German and France saw far less interest than expected for the vaccine.
Whatever we think of the AstraZeneca vaccine, it may well be the additional victim of the less secret blaming game played by European political leaders. In the newest cut published on Organization Theory, I discussed with my colleagues Rasmus Pichler how actors tend to look for ways to shift responsibility when they encounter mistakes. Here, many European political leaders face increasing dissatisfaction with handling their vaccine launches and naturally tempted to pin their struggles to external actors. Likewise, criticizing other people’s approaches is a way of legitimizing theirs. But does such a strategy work?
Blame the Game as a Leadership Strategy
Playing the blame game is a fairly common leadership strategy. When leaders disappoint followers, shifting responsibility to another actor (preferably outside of their organization) is a convenient defense strategy. Last year, Boeing’s new CEO blamed the former CEO for a critical mistake that he’s also in charge to avoid being scrutinized. In many cases, and in the short term, the blame game is beneficial because it allows leaders to avoid tangible and intangible penalties for making mistakes.
In our study, we identified what makes the blame game possible: ambiguity. Ambiguity arises when the audience tends to struggle to relate responsibility – due to complexity or uncertainty. In the context of Covid, the diversity of parameters and the difficulty of planning and anticipating future situations make it difficult for the public to understand who is responsible for what. Although communities can expect the government to develop a vaccination strategy, these same communities also have limited information to understand where the constraints and conditions for this strategy can be applied. Such a situation leaves room to interpret the government’s performance in managing the situation.
Whether it’s about governing a country or managing a large organization operating in a complex environment (like the one we currently operate!), The situation is likely to present some ambiguity that leaders can exploit to engage in the blame game. By shifting responsibility to others, the leaders of these organizations can protect themselves. They slack off to explain underperformance. However, as we suggest in our work, there is a reduced advantage in doing so: leaders tend to lose credibility if they continue to rely on the strategy. This is not only inefficient in the long run, it is also unethical and is likely to alienate followers who will lose confidence in their management.
Why Blame Games Destroy Society Values
As the launch of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in Europe has shown, the game of blame often has very concrete consequences for leaders and their followers, and for society at large. Here, the strategies of European political leaders may have raised public suspicion about a vaccine that could turn the tide against Covid.
By blurring the lines and making the attribution of responsibility difficult, the blame game also hinders accountability. Suppose social actors feel they can avoid responsibility for wrongdoing and related reputation punishments. In those cases, they have less incentive to do things right and strategically risk becoming more careless. In short, a society in which the blame game is rampant is likely to become dysfunctional before anyone realizes what is going on.
Canberra, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has become one of the first Australians to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
Morrison on Sunday morning received the first dose Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine with Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and a small group of elderly care residents and frontline pandemic staff and workers, said reporters.
Jane Malysiak, an 84-year-old survivor of World War II, was the first Australian to receive the vaccine, according to media reports.
“Tomorrow our vaccination program starts, so as a curtain lift today we are here to make some very important points; that it is safe, it is important, and we have to start with those who are most vulnerable and on the front lines,” said Morrison.
Earlier on Sunday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said the decision was made to vaccinate political leaders early to instill confidence in a vaccine. Anthony Albanese, leader of the Opposition Labor Party, will receive the vaccine within days.
“A lot of people are worried, is this too fast? And we have to show that the assessment is full, thorough and we believe in its own safety,” he said.
Hunt said that the first goal of Australia’s vaccine rollout, which will fully begin on Monday, is to protect the public.
“Our first goal is protection. And what we’re seeing is with the two initial vaccines, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, “he said.
“The second goal is to have the highest possible level, and we will learn more as the world about the impact in terms of prevention of transmission, although the evidence is getting stronger, but also the longevity of antibody protection, and that is not yet known, but will be known over the coming years.”
As of Saturday afternoon, there were 28,920 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Australia, and the number of cases acquired at home and abroad in the last 24 hours was zero and two, respectively, according to the latest figures updated on Saturday evening of Department of Health.