EU says AstraZeneca must 'catch up' on vaccine deliveries

EU says AstraZeneca must 'catch up' on vaccine deliveries
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The vaccine producer AstraZeneca must "catch up" on its promised deliveries to the EU before exporting doses elsewhere, the bloc's chief has said, APA reports citing BBC.

"The company... has to honour the contract it has with member states," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.

She spoke after the EU's 27 member states held a virtual summit to discuss vaccine supplies and distribution.

Some countries have complained that doses have not been distributed fairly.

Vaccine rollouts in EU states have started sluggishly, and the bloc has blamed pharmaceutical companies - primarily AstraZeneca - for not delivering its promised doses. The company has denied that it is failing to honour its contract.

"I think it is clear that first of all the company has to catch up," Mrs von der Leyen told a news conference after the summit.

 

"[It] has to honour the contract it has with European member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines," she said. "We want to explain to our European citizens that they [can] get their fair share."

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