EU UNLIKELY TO RENEW ASTRA ORDERS: FRANCE
Paris, April 16: The European Union is very unlikely to renew its Covid-19 vaccine contracts with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, a French minister said on Friday.
Denmark this week banned the use of AstraZeneca jabs over blood clot concerns, just as the EU said it was expecting 50 million Pfizer vaccine doses earlier than expected. No final EU decision had been taken, French Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher told RMC radio, but “it is highly probable” that no further AstraZeneca doses would be ordered.
The prediction comes after US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson said it would delay its European rollout, also over blood clot fears — a major hit for the continent’s immunisation drive. —