The European Union, which accuses pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca of not delivering ordered vaccines on time, has not ordered anything there since June.
This confirmed the European Commissioner Internal Market Thierry Breton, who said that the contracts would not be renewed. The European Commission has sued the pharmaceutical company for failing to fulfil supply contracts and not having a reasonable plan to deliver on time.
In any case, the EU is looking for other potentially more effective vaccines. It was announced this weekend that the EU could count on an additional 1.8 billion corona vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech over the next two years.
The contract with the vaccine manufacturer has been signed, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday. Pfizer will supply another 900 million doses from the end of this year, and the EU can lay claim to another that, Von der Leyen said.
The outstanding order underlines that the EU is increasingly committed to Pfizer’s vaccine and other products of similar manufacture. Their new so-called mRNA technology would have proven itself, while there are all kinds of problems with vaccines with a different effect, such as AstraZeneca’s.