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EU has not yet ordered more AstraZeneca vax — internal market commissioner

/ 08:44 PM May 09, 2021

 

FILE PHOTO: Syringes are prepared to administer the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a new mass vaccination center in WiZink sports arena in Madrid, Spain, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

PARIS — The European Union has not yet made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday.

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Breton also said he expected that the costs of the EU’s recent order for more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines would be higher than the earlier versions.

The Commission last month launched legal action against AstraZeneca for not respecting its contract for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and for not having a “reliable” plan to ensure timely deliveries.

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“We did not renew the order after June. We’ll see what happens,” said Breton, adding that it was “a very good vaccine”.

Concerns have risen on potential side-effects of the Anglo-Swedish COVID-19 vaccine.

Europe’s medicines regulator said on Friday it is reviewing reports of a rare nerve-degenerating disorder in people who received the shots, a move that comes after it found the vaccine may have caused very rare blood clotting cases.

Breton said an increase in prices for second-generation vaccines could be justified by the extra research required and potential changes to industrial equipment.

The European Union signed a new contract with Pfizer-Biontech to receive 1.8 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for 2021-2023, to cover booster shots, donations, and reselling of doses, the European Commission said on Friday.

“There may be a little extra cost but I will let the competent authorities unveil it in due course,” he told France Inter radio.

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