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The court ordered AstraZeneca to supply the EU with 50 million doses of the vaccine

The Brussels court ordered the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to urgently ensure the delivery of 50 million doses of the vaccine to the European Union (EU) according to a legally established schedule under the threat of a fine of up to 500 million euros, the European Commission (EC) said.

In a statement, the EC said that AstraZeneca must deliver 50 million doses of the vaccine by September 27 “in accordance with a legally binding schedule: the first 15 million doses must be delivered by 09.00 Central European times on July 26, another 20 million doses — by August 23, 15 million — by September 27.”

In case of violation, the penalty will be 10 euros for each undelivered dose.

It is noted that the court shared the EC's position that the British-Swedish company committed a “gross violation of the terms of the contract”.

“This court decision not only demonstrates that the vaccination company in the EU performs its tasks on a daily basis but also the fact that it is based on a solid legal basis,” said the head of the EC Ursula von der Leyen, commenting on this decision.

AstraZeneca failed to meet its obligations under its contract to supply the vaccine to EU countries. In the first quarter of 2021, instead of the contracted 110 million doses, it delivered just under 40 million, which led to serious failures and delayed the first stage of vaccination.

At the moment, vaccination in the EU countries has reached the planned level, the EC expects that 70% of the adult population will be vaccinated in the EU during July.

Recall that in April, the EC filed a lawsuit against AstraZeneca for violating the contract for the supply of vaccines in the European Union.

Europe has faced a number of problems in the supply of vaccines approved for use in the union, in particular Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. It has been reported that delays in deliveries could derail Brussels vaccination plans.

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