EU urges AstraZeneca to speed up vaccine deliveries amid 'supply shock'

25/01/2021 7:30:00 PM

Eu, Coronavirus

EU urges AstraZeneca to speed up vaccine deliveries amid 'supply shock'

In a sign of the EU's frustration - after Pfizer also announced supply delays earlier in January - a senior EU official told Reuters the bloc would in the coming days require pharmaceutical companies to register COVID-19 vaccine exports.AstraZeneca, which developed its shot with Oxford University, told the EU on Friday it could not meet agreed supply targets up to the end of March, with an EU official involved in the talks telling Reuters that meant a 60% cut to 31 million doses.

"We expect the company to find solutions and to exploit all possible flexibilities to deliver swiftly," an EU Commission spokesman said, adding the head of the EU executive Ursula von der Leyen had a call earlier on Monday with AstraZeneca's chief Pascal Soriot to remind him of the firm's commitments.

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