Leiden drug manufacturer Halix will produce vaccines from pharmaceutical AstraZeneca. The European medicines agency (EMA) gave the green light on Friday for the production of the corona vaccine at the factory in Leiden.
Although Halix has been producing vaccines for AstraZeneca since December, this was not yet allowed for the Leiden plant. The plant has the capacity to produce approximately five million doses per month.
The European Union has already indicated that it is eagerly looking forward to the production in Leiden. So far, AstraZeneca’s deliveries have been disappointing time and again. The only factory currently running for the EU is in Seneffe, Belgium, where production is faltering, according to the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company.
The United Kingdom has previously authorized Halix to produce vaccines. The EU, which competes with the UK for AstraZeneca’s vaccines, wants to prevent Halix from supplying only the British. AstraZeneca also refuses to use all of its two UK factories to meet delinquent deliveries to the EU as they are said to be reserved for the UK.
Source site www.nu.nl