The European Commission has reached an agreement with the company Hipra to ensure the purchase of up to 250 million doses of the Spanish vaccine against covid. The contract will allow the acquisition of the drug to the 14 countries that are covered by this operation. With this movement, the Community Executive has signed commitments that guarantee access to some 4,200 million doses, according to the statement published this Tuesday by the Commission itself.
The Hipra laboratories in Girona have already started the approval process by the European Medicines Agency. “If the vaccine receives the authorization [de la EMA, siglas en inglés de la agencia]the participating countries will be able to buy the doses through the signed contract, ”says the Commission.
After learning about this agreement, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, described it as “good news” and pointed out that this step “demonstrates the strength of innovation and public-private collaboration”.
Since the joint purchase to fight the coronavirus was agreed, the Community Executive has signed agreements with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen, Pfizer, Novavax and Valneva. This catalog is now expanded with the Spanish Hipra and guarantees, according to Brussels, “that Europe continues to be well prepared for vaccination against covid-19”. In addition, there is also the possibility that many of these vials are sent to countries where vaccination campaigns have failed rates achieved in the EU.
Vaccination has been the EU’s big bet to overcome the pandemic that exploded in February and March 2020 and is still raging in different parts of the world, one of the last chapters of rigorous confinement has occurred in China. There the Asian authorities approved isolation measures very rigorous a few months ago in Shanghai, when infections got out of control. Similar episodes have also been seen in Beijing more recently, albeit shorter.
In Europe, on the contrary, no measures to contain the pandemic have been approved for months. The last chapter came last fall, when the omicron variant appeared. The authorities always point to vaccines as the main reason why infections, which continue to occur, are less harmful than they were at the beginning of the pandemic. In total, some 909 million doses have already been injected in the EU, which have reached, at least in a first puncture, 73% of the population, with Bulgaria, with 30% of the population vaccinated, in last place. .