‘Tired of being scapegoat’: von der Leyen calls out AstraZeneca for delays
Tuesday, 09 March 2021
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen called out the coronavirus vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca for delaying and reducing the deliveries of doses to the EU.
She urged the Swedish-British company, which is experiencing delays in the delivery of the 400 million doses ordered by the union, to give answers about what went wrong during an interview with several media organisations on Monday.
“We are tired of being the scapegoat. We are seeing that AstraZeneca is delivering less than 10% of what was originally planned for the first quarter for the EU. We expect [the company] to redouble its efforts to catch up,” von der Leyen said.
Despite the significant delays in the rollout campaign, von der Leyen remains convinced that the target of vaccination 70% of European adults will be reached before the end of the summer, and said she will continue working on the ‘coronavirus vaccine’ to restore free movement within the EU.