AstraZeneca denies withdrawing from meeting with EU on delivery delays
Share article:
Share article:

AstraZeneca denies withdrawing from meeting with EU on delivery delays

Credit: Belga

British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which has already announced that deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine to the EU will be smaller than initially planned, denied Wednesday having withdrawn from a meeting organised by the EU, according to an EU official.

After an EU official stated that the company refused the meeting, a spokesperson said that they had not withdrawn in a statement to AFP. “We will attend the meeting with EU representatives later today,” they added.

The EU is waiting for explanations from the firm, even though the product has not yet been licensed in the EU.

AstraZeneca recently announced that it could not deliver as many doses as planned to the 27 in the first quarter because of a “drop in yield” at a European production site.

After two meetings on Monday, the Commission announced another planned discussion with company officials on Wednesday, as it considers AstraZeneca’s explanations so far to be insufficient.

Speaking on Tuesday, AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soriot said the company is “certainly not taking vaccines from Europeans to sell them elsewhere at a profit.”

“That would make no sense,” Soriot said in an interview with Le Figaro published Tuesday, adding that the laboratory in partnership with Oxford University, has pledged not to make a profit on the sale of vaccines during the pandemic.

Soriot says there were also start-up problems in the UK supply chain, but “the UK contract was signed three months before the European contract. So, with the UK, we had another three months to solve the problems we encountered.”

The Commission expected 80 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine by the end of March, but would receive only 31 million doses over that period.

It is unclear at this time what the next steps will be by the European Commission.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Experts call for more widespread use of masks as figures rise
As coronavirus figures continue to rise, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has suggested that people return to wearing masks when indoors with ...
Belgium wants to recover €420 million in wrongfully paid out coronavirus aid
The Belgian State intends to recover €420 million of unduly paid Covid-19 aid, La Libre Belgique reported on Thursday. The electronic Council of ...
Why the fight for transgender rights is polarising Europe 
Year after year, Samuel De Schepper would ask Santa Claus to bring him a penis for Christmas. Born female and attending an all girl’s Catholic ...
New offshore wind farm officially opened
Despite being operational since the end of 2020, the SeaMade offshore wind farm was officially inaugurated on Wednesday by Prime Minister Alexander ...
Contact tracers have no time for calls, only texts, amid rising cases
Contract tracers will no longer make phone calls to the high-risk contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus beginning from Wednesday, ...
Belgium holds on to top spot in FIFA rankings despite recent losses
Once again, Belgium's Red Devils have held onto their position at the top of the world football rankings, according to an update released by the ...
Proximus pushes for high-speed internet in Brussels and Wallonia
Fifteen municipalities in Wallonia should soon have access to high-speed internet through the rollout of fibre optics in the region, telecoms giant ...
Why Belgium is regulating sex work
After decades of confusing rules and hypocritical policy, Belgium is finally regulating sex work by removing prostitution from the criminal law. ...
World’s largest chocolate warehouse opens in Flanders
On Thursday, Barry Callebaut – the largest global chocolate processor and manufacturer – opened the world's largest chocolate warehouse in Lokeren, ...
Belgium in Brief: Equal Opportunity To Dance
There's a phrase where I'm from, more often said in jest nowadays, but it came to my mind this morning: "Ye dancin'?" (Are you dancing?), one ...
Farmer discovers cocaine in banana boxes bought in Brussels
A Flemish farmer who purchased boxes of bananas at the market in Brussels on Tuesday came home to discover large amounts of cocaine packed among the ...
Changes to speed cameras increase likelihood of a ticket
Changes to the way speed cameras work in Flanders and Wallonia will increase the likelihood of receiving a ticket when cars pass them above the ...