AZ Vaccine Order Renewal 'remains To Be Seen': EU
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Sun 09th May 2021 | 08:10 PM
Paris, May 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th May, 2021 ) :The European Union has not renewed orders for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine beyond June and is not certain that it will, the bloc's internal market commissioner said Sunday.
The EU last month launched legal action against the pharmaceutical giant for vaccine delivery shortfalls that hampered efforts to kickstart inoculations across the bloc.
Public confidence in the AstraZeneca jab, meanwhile, has taken a blow over worries of links to very rare blood clots in the brain.
Some member states have restricted use to older people despite the bloc's medicines agency insisting the jab's benefits outweigh the risks.
"We haven't renewed the contract beyond the month of June," Commissioner Thierry Breton told French radio. "Whether we do remains to be seen." Breton said this did not necessarily mean the end of the European Union's vaccine dealings with the British-Swedish firm. "It's not done.
Wait and see," he said.
Breton's remarks came a day after Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the EU had concluded a deal with rival drugmaker BioNTech/Pfizer for up to 1.8 billion extra doses of their Covid-19 vaccine.
The EU initially intended to use the AstraZeneca jab as the main workhouse to power the bloc's inoculation drive -- but has now switched to the more expensive BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine as its mainstay.