The Minister of Health of Ireland announced today that the European Commission has filed a lawsuit against AstraZeneca, claiming that it had “completely failed” for failing to deliver the agreed quantities of vaccines. Sky news.
“As far as AstraZeneca is concerned, the committee has initiated legal proceedings. Earlier this week, I joined Ireland and became one of the parties in this process, especially when AstraZeneca failed to comply with April. In terms of contract delivery in May and June,” Donnelly told the Irish Parliament today.
Recall that at a meeting of European diplomats held yesterday, most European countries confirmed that they would support the lawsuit against AstraZeneca because it violated the agreement to provide vaccines to EU member states.
Politico quoted diplomats and reported that the idea behind the lawsuit was to force AstraZenec to deliver the dose of vaccine promised in its contract with the European Union.
AstraZeneca caused an uproar in the EU when it said in January that it would not be able to deliver the originally promised dose to the EU.
By the end of the first quarter, it had delivered 30 million doses of vaccine to EU countries instead of the agreed 100 million doses.
Politico writes that this defect has affected the vaccination campaign throughout the European Union.
The company said it will deliver about 70 million doses by the end of the second quarter, and will plan to deliver all 300 million doses according to an agreement with the EU.