The European Commission plans to start a lawsuit against AstraZeneca over its failure to comply with the terms of its agreement on the supply of its vaccines, according to the publication of Politico, citing anonymous sources.
According to the Politico article, the issue was discussed during a meeting on Wednesday, and most representatives of the European Union said they would support legal action against the company. One diplomat, speaking to the media on condition of anonymity, said the commission was looking for a way to force AstraZeneca to supply the agreed number of vaccines specified in the agreement. Two more diplomats said the trial could begin before the end of this week.
In January AstraZeneca stated that it would not be able to supply the EU with the amount of vaccines specified in the contract. By the end of the first quarter, the company delivered 30 million doses to the European Union instead of the promised 100 million.According to the company’s forecasts, by the end of the second quarter of the year it will be able to supply 70 million doses instead of all 300 million.
Recall that in 2021, several European countries abandoned the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The reason was the cases of the appearance of blood clots in vaccinated, however, AstraZeneca claims that it does not have such data.
Greece decided not to give up this vaccine, while continuing to use it when vaccinating citizens. According to Prime Minister Kiryakos Mimotakis, although “there were side effects during vaccination, the figures show that a traffic accident is more likely than a problem with vaccination.”