EU SUIT TARGETS ASTRAZENECA OVER VACCINE SHORTFALLS
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.