EU Sues AstraZeneca Over Vaccine Shipment Delays
April 27, 2021 – AstraZeneca is being sued by the European Union (EU) for delays in shipping hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
EU officials say AstraZeneca broke its contract by saying it would only deliver a third of the 300 million doses EU officials expect by the end of June, The New York Times reported.
Problems between the block and the company began in January when AstraZeneca said it would provide the block with significantly fewer doses of vaccine than planned for the first quarter of the year.
This delayed the bloc’s vaccination campaign by several weeks as cases increased and political leaders were criticized for inadequate planning, the Time reported.
AstraZeneca, which developed the vaccine with the University of Oxford, said the EU finalized its contract months after Britain did, giving the company less time to iron out difficulties Manufacturing. Time reported.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is used in 135 countries.
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