WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE EU AND ASTRAZENECA ESCALATES OVER COVID-19 VACCINE DELAYS

Highlights
• EU officials said that they had been told by AztraZeneca that the company will supply lesser doses of vaccine in upcoming weeks
• EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said “Pharmaceutical companies and vaccine developers have moral, societal and contractual responsibilities which they need to upheld.”


The battle of words between the European Union and AstraZeneca is escalating each passing day. The two sides are now publicly arguing over the delay of the COVID-19 vaccine. This was of words started on Monday when EU officials said that they had been told by AztraZeneca that the company is intending to supply lesser doses of the coronavirus vaccine in upcoming weeks than what was agreed citing production issues.
Talking to the reporters on Wednesday, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said “Pharmaceutical companies and vaccine developers have moral, societal and contractual responsibilities which they need to upheld.”
She further said that “The view that the company is not obliged to deliver vaccines is neither correct nor acceptable.”
Kyriakides also said “We are in a pandemic. We lose people everyday. These are not numbers, they are not statistics, these are persons, with families, with friends and colleagues.”
On the other hand, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said in a statement that “We’ve had also teething issues like this in the UK supply chain. But the UK contract was signed three months before the European vaccine deal. So, with the UK, se have had an extra three months to fix all the glitches we experienced. As for Europe, we are three months behind in fixing those glitches.”