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EU says AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine production capacity in Belgium has sharply increased

Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and sryinge are seen in front of displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Wednesday the COVID-19 vaccine production capacity of a factory in Belgium that produced shots for AstraZeneca had “drastically” increased.

The factory, now owned by U.S. firm Thermo Fisher, had been seen as the main cause of a large cut in supplies by the Anglo-Swedish firm to the EU in the first quarter of this year.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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