The European Union (EU) Legislative Branch has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca over delays in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan.
In open action on Friday (23), the European Commission alleges that the pharmaceutical company “did not violate the terms of the contract or certain terms of the contract and could not present a credible strategy to ensure delivery in a timely manner,” European Health Commission spokesman Stefan de Kiercemaker said Monday (26).
AstraZeneca said in a statement on Monday that it regrets the EU’s decision to take legal action and that “any dispute is ineligible.”
AstraZeneca acknowledged the difficulties presented by “very complex negotiations and construction challenges”, but stated that “it fully complied with the Advance Purchase Agreement with the European Commission”.
Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told the Irish Parliament on Friday that the European Commission had taken legal action against AstraZeneca for its complete failure to deliver on its April, May and June delivery agreements.
At the time, Donnelly’s comments were quickly dismissed by De Kearsmaker CNN “No decision has been taken to take legal action”.
A spokesman for the European Union (EU) said on Monday that the European Union (EU) needed to make sure that the “dosages” that European citizens are entitled to and that are offered on a contractual basis were delivered quickly.
All 27 block member states are deployed to support this process.
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said on Twitter on Monday that the EU’s priority was to ensure the supply of the COVD – 19 vaccine to protect the health of the EU.
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