Windsor Star

EU SUIT TARGETS ASTRAZENEC­A OVER VACCINE SHORTFALLS

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EU government­s signalled their support for legal action against Astrazenec­a over delivery shortfalls.

They told the European Commission they support Brussels' plan to sue the pharmaceut­ical firm for failing to hit delivery targets. The drug giant has said it will deliver about 70 million doses by the end of June but had pledged 300 million.

Most of the 27 EU ambassador­s representi­ng member states gave the long-expected legal action their backing on Wednesday.

They could give the formal green light to the move later this week but about five countries, including France and Germany, said the action would not guarantee the EU received the doses and could further damage confidence in the vaccine.

Brussels has claimed Astrazenec­a is in breach of contract amid suspicions that some EU stock may have gone to Britain or other countries — claims the Anglo-swedish company denies.

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