European Union will not buy additional 100 million doses of Astra Zeneka

The European Commission will not purchase 100 million additional vaccines against Covid-19 at Astra Zeneka, as previously agreed.

An EC spokesman told a news conference that the deadline for implementing this option had already expired and the EU had no plans to implement it.

The commission ordered 300 million doses of the Astra Zeneka vaccine under a contract worth 400 million doses, of which the purchase of 100 million is optional.

The European Union has not yet decided whether to take legal action against Astra Zeneca because it did not deliver the agreed quantities of the Covid-19 vaccine, a European Commission spokesman said. The Brussels-based Politico portal reported that the EC was preparing to file a lawsuit against Astra Zeneka, citing five unnamed EU diplomats.

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