Italy to take legal action over COVID-19 vaccine delays to get promised doses
WorldA member of medical staff receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as Bergamo, the city at the centre of Italy's COVID-19 tragedy, vaccinates thousands of health workers, Jan 5, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Ufficio stampa ASST Papa Giovanni XXIII/Handout)
24 Jan 2021 11:29PMShare this contentBookmarkMILAN: Italy will take legal action against Pfizer and AstraZeneca over delays in deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to secure agreed supplies rather than seek damages, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday (Jan 24).
"We are working so our vaccine plan programme does not change," Di Maio said on RAI state television.AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Saturday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the delays in vaccine supplies were"unacceptable" and amounted to a serious breach of contractual obligations, adding that Italy would use all available legal tools. headtopics.com
Italy will have to rethink its whole vaccination programme if supply problems persist, a senior health official warned.Asked why he thought the pharmaceutical companies had been forced to announce reductions, Di Maio said he believed they had simply bitten off more than they could chew.
AdvertisementAdvertisement"We are activating all channels so the EU Commission does all it can to make these gentlemen respect their contracts," he said.Pfizer last week said it was temporarily slowing supplies to Europe to make manufacturing changes that would boost output.
On Friday, a senior official told Reuters AstraZeneca had also informed the European Union it would cut deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc by 60per cent because of production problems.READ: AstraZeneca to cut EU's COVID vaccine deliveries by 60% in first quarter
AdvertisementThe cut in supplies announced by the two companies will put back vaccination of the over-80s in Italy by about four weeks and the rest of the population by about six to eight weeks, Deputy Health Minister Pierpaolo Sileri said on Sunday. Read more: CNA »
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