Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has been ordered by a Belgian court to deliver 50 million doses, which is less than what Brussels demanded, of its vaccine to EU members by the 27th of September.
AstraZeneca has promised to keep to its target and has been warned by the European Commission that the company must pay a financial penalty for each missed dose. The fine will amount to €10 for every dose that is not delivered.
The pharmaceutical company promised to supply the EU with 120 million doses of its vaccine in the first quarter of the year but fell short and only delivered 30 million doses.
Its new order schedule will mean that the company will have to supply an initial 15 million doses by 9am on the 26th of July, 20 million by the 23rd of August and 15 million by the 27th of September.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen tweeted, “The court judgment ordering AstraZeneca to deliver to us rapidly 50 million doses is good news for our vaccination campaign. It is also a clear recognition that our Advance Purchase Agreements have a sound legal basis.”
The ruling, which Leyen said was good to see that an independent judge confirmed it, has also been welcomed by AstraZeneca.
The judge has ordered the company to deliver 80.2 million doses of the vaccine by the 27th of September which also includes the 30 million that it already delivered in the first quarter of the year.
The firm stated that to date, they have supplied more than 70 million doses to the European Union and will substantially exceed 80.2 million doses by the end of June 2021.