The EU has not yet ordered any more AstraZeneca vaccines, says the Internal Market Commissioner
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Syringes are prepared for the administration of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a new mass vaccination center in the WiZink sports arena in Madrid, Spain, on April 9, 2021. REUTERS / Sergio Perez
PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union has not yet placed any new orders for AstraZeneca (NASDAQ 🙂 vaccines after its contract expired after June, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday.
Breton also said he expected the cost of the EU’s recent order for more doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines would be higher than the previous versions.
The Commission took legal action against AstraZeneca last month for breaching its contract to supply COVID-19 vaccines and for not having a “reliable” plan to ensure on-time deliveries.
“We didn’t renew the order after June. We’ll see what happens,” said Breton, adding that it was “a very good vaccine”.
Concerns about possible side effects of the Anglo-Swedish COVID-19 vaccine have increased.
The European Medicines Agency announced on Friday that it was reviewing reports of a rare nerve degenerative disorder in people who received the gunshots. This step occurs after it is determined that the vaccine may have caused very rare cases of blood clotting.
According to Breton, an increase in the price of second-generation vaccines could be justified by the additional research effort and possible changes to industrial facilities.
The European Union has signed a new contract with Pfizer-Biontech to receive 1.8 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the period 2021-2023 to cover booster vaccinations, donations and the resale of cans, the European Commission said on Friday With.
“There may be a little extra cost, but I will inform the relevant authorities about it in due course,” he told France Inter Radio.
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