Tony Blair hits out at ‘unjustified resistance’ to AstraZeneca
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The Anglo-Swedish drugs giant celebrated its victory after a Brussels-based court dismissed the European Commission’s complaints against the firm. Judges ruled that the EU has no exclusive right or priority over any jabs manufactured by the firm. The EU launched legal action against AstraZeneca because it felt the company was using factories on the Continent to supply the British vaccine drive.
Brussels was demanding that the business ship 120 million vaccine doses to member states by the end of the month.
But the judge, from the Court of First Instance in Brussels, ordered delivery of just 80.2 million by the end of September.
To date, the company has supplied more than 70 million jabs to EU member states and is expecting to smash the court-ordered target.
Jeffrey Pott, General Counsel, said: “We are pleased with the Court’s order.
“AstraZeneca has fully complied with its agreement with the European Commission and we will continue to focus on the urgent task of supplying an effective vaccine, which we are delivering at no profit to help protect people in Europe and around the world from the deadliest pandemic in a generation.”
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