EU sues AstraZeneca for contract breach

The EU seeks big fines issued to AstraZeneca over an alleged breach of a contract concluded last summer…reports Asian Lite News

An ongoing spat between the European Union (EU) and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca over the latter’s alleged contract breach over the distribution of Covid vaccines is being decided at a Brussels court.

The EU seeks big fines issued to AstraZeneca over an alleged breach of a contract concluded last summer, in which supplies of Covid-19 vaccines that were promised to all 27 member states failed to deliver, reports Xinhua news agency.

During an emergency hearing on Wednesday, the EU accused AstraZeneca of postponing deliveries so the company could service the UK and other countries.

If the company is found guilty, it will be forced to take certain measures to make up for delays in manufacturing and supplying vaccine doses to the bloc.

EU President Ursula von der Leyen
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Specifically, the EU has claimed that the terms agreed in the contract have not been respected, and AstraZeneca failed to implement a viable strategy to ensure supplies of the vaccine were delivered on time in full.

According to the EU, AstraZeneca delivered only 30 million doses to the bloc in the first quarter of 2021, despite promising 300 million doses throughout this year

EU’s lawyer Rafael Jafferali told the Brussels court that AstraZeneca expects to deliver the total number of contracted doses by the end of December, but added that “with a six-month delay, it’s obviously a failure”.

The debates will continue on June 4 at 2 p.m.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said earlier this week that half of EU adults would have received their first dose of the vaccine this week, as 300 million doses are delivered, and 245 million doses administered.

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