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E.U. Chief Criticizes AstraZeneca on Delivery Delays
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, accused AstraZeneca of underdelivering coronavirus vaccines, and said the E.U. was ready to use “whatever tool” to ensure it gets “its fair share.”
AstraZeneca has unfortunately underproduced and underdelivered, and this painfully, of course, reduced the speed of the vaccination campaign. Open roads run in both directions, and this is why we need to ensure that there is reciprocity and proportionality. And I want to be clear on reciprocity. If the situation does not change, we will have to reflect on how to make exports to vaccine-producing countries dependent on their level of openness. So we are exporting a lot to countries that are themselves producing vaccines. And we think this is an invitation to be open, so that we also see exports from those countries coming back to the European Union. In other words, we want reliable deliveries of vaccines. We want to increase in the contracts. We want to see reciprocity and proportionality in exports, and we are ready to use whatever tool we need to deliver on that.