European Commission takes legal action against AstraZeneca.

The European Commission announced Monday that it is taking legal action against the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for failing to respect the terms of contract on delivering its coronavirus vaccination. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides tweeted that “priority is to ensure Covid-19 vaccine deliveries take place to protect the health of the EU. This is why the European Commission has decided jointly with all Member States to bring legal proceedings against AstraZeneca,” she said. “Every vaccine dose counts. Every vaccine dose saves lives,” she added.

Earlier today, European Commission spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaeker told an online press conference that the reason for the legal action is that “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 the timely delivery of doses,” he added.

Under the contract, AstraZeneca had promised to deliver 300 million vaccine doses to the EU by the summer, but only 30 million arrived in the first quarter.

Source- Arab Times.

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