The European Union (EU) has filed a lawsuit against the vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca for delaying the delivery of coronavirus vaccines. This has been reported by the BBC in the UK media.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, said it was taking legal action against the company for failing to honor the vaccine agreement and for not having a credible plan to deliver the vaccine on time.
As a result of such a move by the EU, the rift between the two sides reached a different level. Many EU leaders have complained that AstraZeneca is dominating the UK in providing vaccines.
In August last year, the European Commission ordered 300 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. With another 10 crore potential orders. The agreement was to supply 300 million to 80 million doses of the original order in the first quarter of this year. But only three crores have been given.
AstraZeneca said earlier this year that the supply of vaccines could be reduced due to production problems.
AstraZeneca called the EU’s legal action “irrational”. The company has vowed to “deal with it strongly in court”.
According to the European Commission, the agreement calls for 70 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to be given to the European Union in the second quarter of this year. But the top officials of the commission are skeptical about this.