EU Pressures AstraZeneca To Deliver Vaccines As Promised

European Council President Charles Michel, left, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen leave after a joint news conference at the end of a EU summit video conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. European Union leaders assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit Thursday as the bloc's top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

(AP) — The European Union has lashed out at the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, accusing it of failing to deliver the coronavirus vaccine doses to the bloc that it promised despite getting EU funding to ramp up vaccine production.

EU leaders are already facing criticism for the slow vaccine rollout among its 27 nations. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides also said Monday that within days, the EU will demand approving the export of any COVID-19 vaccines produced within the bloc. She said “the European Union will take any action required to protect its citizens and its rights.”


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