The Brussels Court of First Instance is forcing AstraZeneca to deliver 50 million doses to the EU by September 27, a figure lower than the Commission’s requests.
AstraZeneca did not respect the terms of the contract with the EU
The Swedish-British laboratory which was behind in its vaccine deliveries to the European Union (EU) had been sued by the EU for not having respected the terms of the contract that bound them.
The Brussels Court of First Instance rendered his prescription Friday, June 18, 2021 and condemns AstraZeneca to provide 50 million additional doses to 27 member countries by the end of September. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen welcomes this decision taken by a “Independent judge” who “Confirms the Commission’s position”.
EU expected 90 million doses
According to the terms of the initial contract, AstraZeneca was to deliver 120 million doses to the EU for the first quarter of 2021 to finally provide only 30 million. During the trial, EU lawyers had notably criticized the laboratory to have privileged the supply of the United Kingdom, to the detriment of the Twenty-Seven.
Although the EU welcomes this judgment, it originally demanded that the 90 million missing doses be paid to him by June 30. Ultimately, it will only get 50 million doses at a later date. The delivery schedule imposed by the judge is as follows: 15 million before July 26, then 20 million before August 23 and another 15 million by September 27, 2021. Each dose missing by these dates will result in a financial penalty of 10 euros ” due to the European Union “.