“We are confident that we will be able to deliver enough rations, but it is up to the Member States to be ready,” Bretton told the Irish Parliamentary Committee.
He said that at least 12 EU member states were now ready to reach the 70% target, adding that the number of such countries was growing day by day.
Breton did not name these countries and did not reveal which countries were not ready to reach the 70% target.
Breton said last week’s announcement that EU countries would receive € 50 million this quarter Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine dose, has given the European Commission (EC) more confidence in its vaccine delivery targets.
The commissioner predicted that the EU would initially receive less Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose than expected and added that Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine dose deliveries will provide room for maneuvers in this situation.
He also expressed confidence in the company AstraZeneca will be able to deliver 70 million doses of the vaccine in the second quarter, which is not as much as originally envisaged in the contract.
Breton hopes that Europe will have a tourist season again this summer, and the goal of vaccination is a step towards that.