European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said drugmaker AstraZeneca could face a ban on exports of coronavirus vaccine doses it produces in the EU if it did not meet its delivery obligations. She stated this in an interview with Funkle Mediengruppe.
"We have the possibility to forbid planned exports. That is the message to AstraZeneca: You fulfill your contract with Europe before you start delivering to other countries," von der Leyen said.
Von der Leyen said Anglo-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca had delivered only 30 percent of the 90 million vaccine doses it had promised for the first quarter of the year.
The company has blamed production delays at its EU plants, but European officials are furious that AstraZeneca has been able to deliver its UK contract while falling short on the continent.
As we reported earlier, two employees of the Municipality in Denmark were hospitalized with symptoms of cerebral thrombosis and cerebral hemorrhage after being vaccinated against coronavirus with the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca vaccine. One of them died with severe symptoms even before the expiration of the second week after vaccination.
Now scientists check for possible correlation of symptoms with the use of vaccines. And this case became the second recorded in Denmark, when a fatal outcome was recorded after vaccination with AstraZeneca.