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European Commission warns AstraZeneca on Covid-19 vaccine delay

The European Commission has warned AstraZeneca that they expect all vaccine deliveries to continue according to an agreed delivery schedule, after the pharmaceutical company announced delays.

The EU’s executive body wrote a letter to the company and commission president Ursula von der Leyen spoke to its chief executive Pascal Soriot by phone, and “made very clear what it is that we expect from the company, based on the advance purchasing agreement”, a spokesman said.

Under the EU’s joint procurement programme, AstraZeneca received a three-digit-million-euro sum to pre-book production capacity and the advance manufacture of doses of the vaccine, to be distributed as soon as approval was granted.

AstraZeneca applied for approval for its vaccine from the European Medicines Agency earlier this month, and had been expected to receive it some time this month.

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