European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen threatened yesterday to block exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine if the EU did not receive their deliveries first, as Poles and a third of French are back in close scrutiny, but in different modalities woke up.
“We have the option of banning any planned export. This is our message to AstraZeneca: respect your contract with Europe before you start delivering to other countries, ”said Ursula von der Leyen.
The President of the European Commission recalled that the EU contract with AstraZeneca provides for the supply of cans that are manufactured both in EU territory and in the UK. “However, we did not receive anything from the British while we were delivering them,” argued Ursula von der Leyen, adding that the EU had sent a “formal” complaint to the pharmaceutical company. “I cannot explain to European citizens why we export millions of doses of vaccines to countries that make vaccines themselves and don’t send them back to us.”
“Respect your contract”
AstraZeneca will deliver 70 million doses of its anti-Covid vaccine in the second quarter, far less than the 180 million promised in the contract signed with the European Union. For the first quarter, the EU is expected to have received a total of around 30 million doses of AstraZeneca, compared to 90 million the Swedish-British pharmaceutical company expects.
For their part, several European countries resumed administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine recommended by WHO experts on Friday. This is the case for Germany, France, Italy, Bulgaria or Slovenia. Other countries, including Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands, will come back to this next week. About fifteen countries had stopped using this vaccine as a precautionary measure after reporting possible serious side effects, such as coagulation disorders and clot formation, without any evidence of an association with this serum.