The European Commission is preparing to sue AstraZeneca for failure to deliver vaccine doses, diplomatic sources told the newspaper Politico.
The question of suing the Swedish-British pharmaceutical company was raised at a meeting among the EU countries’ ambassadors in Brussels on Wednesday, and a majority supported the notion, sources told the newspaper.
According to a diplomat, the aim is to force AstraZeneca to deliver the vaccines promised in the contract with the EU.
AstraZeneca has had major supply problems and has had to warn of delays in deliveries several times.
No further purchases?
On Wednesday, a high-ranking EU source stated that the Union would not use the option of purchasing more doses of the vaccine. It is not clear whether a new agreement will be entered into with AstraZeneca.
The vaccine, which is marketed under the name Vaxzevria, has also encountered problems with serious side effects and has been linked to a small number of cases of blood clots and low platelet counts. Several of the cases have been fatal, NTB reports.
A number of countries have introduced restrictions on who receives the vaccine, and in many countries, it is only given to the elderly. In Norway, no one is currently receiving AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
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