EU ready to help expand vaccine production
"The bottleneck at the moment is not the volume of orders but the worldwide shortage of production capacity," she said, in comments distributed by her office.
And she said that the bloc was ready to do more, for Pfizer-BioNTech and other companies with candidate vaccines, as the vaccination campaign gets into gear.
"The situation will improve step by step," she promised, one week after vaccinations began at widely varying paces among EU member states.
"Other manufacturers with whom we have contracts are on the verge of having their vaccines approved by the EU."
The European Medicines Agency, which advises the European Commission, approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 21.
But it is not expected to rule on a potential alternative from US company Moderna until January 6.
And it is awaiting more data on a candidate from AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which has already been approved in the UK.
But Kyriakides insisted that Europe is not falling behind in its joint procurement programme, backed by the 27 member states.
"And that's what it's all about: Europe can get out of this crisis fastest together."