Wednesday, 05 May, 2021


European Commission sues AstraZeneca over delayed delivery of COVID-19 vaccine

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She admitted that the unusual cases of thrombosis are a "potential side effect" of the vaccine and said the evidence for this was "firming up", but more study was needed to be sure.

"Some terms of the contract have not been respected, and the company has not been in a position to come up with a reliable strategy to ensure timely delivery of doses", the spokesperson said.

Malaysia received 268,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through the Covax facility last Saturday.

AstraZeneca has said that its contract with the European Union contained vaccine delivery targets, not firm commitments, and that the company was unable to meet them because of early problems with rapidly expanding its production capacity.

Shares in AstraZeneca were down 0.6% after the announcement.

The full, unredacted contract between the European Commission and AstraZeneca - first published by Italian broadcaster RAI - includes a clause that appears to release the company from legal action for delays in delivery.

However, EMA officials refused to impose any new age restrictions, saying the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine still outweigh its risks.

It has nearly been a year since most of the countries across the globe shut down nonessential travels to put a cap on the spread of the COVID-19. With this record toll, the giant country of 1.3 billion people is unable to control the epidemic boom sweeping it.

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The move greatly expands on the Biden administration's action last month to share about 4 million doses of the vaccine with Mexico and Canada.

Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides shortly after tweeted that the Commission's "priority is to ensure #COVID19 vaccine deliveries take place to protect the health of [the EU]".

The EU believes AstraZeneca has been unfairly and illegally routing jabs to the United Kingdom at the expense of Europe.

AstraZeneca's French-Australian boss Pascal Soriot has argued that his company's contract with the European Union binds it only to a "best reasonable efforts" clause.

When signing the contract with the EU, AstraZeneca committed to make its "best reasonable efforts" to deliver 180 million vaccine doses to the bloc in the second quarter of this year, making up a total of 300 million in the period from December to June.

"AstraZeneca has fully complied with the Advance Purchase Agreement with the European Commission and will strongly defend itself in court. We believe any litigation is without merit, and we welcome this opportunity to resolve this dispute as soon as possible", the company said in a statement.

De Keersmaecker said the action was launched "on behalf of the 27 member states that are fully aligned in their support of this procedure".

But the slow pace of deliveries has frustrated Europeans and has been blamed in part for holding up the EU's vaccine roll-out.

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