It took them days to decide but in the end the European Commission is going to take the pharmaceutical AstraZeneca to court. Úrsula Von der Leyen’s team performs with the support of the 27 European governments, who have decided to join the complaint.
The fear that this procedure will paralyze the already few deliveries that the company is making has disappeared. “We have a contract and both parties have to apply it”says the spokesman for health affairs, Stefan de Keersmaecker, who in statements to Cadena SER has confirmed that the procedure opened against AstraZeneca is an emergency procedure.
On Friday, after receiving the latest confirmation from Hungary, the Commission launched the lawsuit with the support of 27 European governments. This support was not essential but, for Úrsula Von der Leyen and her team, the support of the 27 governments guarantees a political consensus that closes the path of national criticism that caused the first delays.
The Commission signed with AstraZeneca a contract to access 300 million doses with the possibility of increasing this figure to 400 million, but last week he gave up these 100 million complementary doses, fed up with the delays of this pharmaceutical company.
Now the Belgian courts have between 3 and 7 weeks to decide whether to oblige the company to deliver the 300 million prepaid or, at least, to present a compensatory delivery plan that the company has not presented until today.
AstraZeneca assures that it has complied and that it will defend itself “with force”
The Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical AstraZeneca has assured this Monday that it “has fully complied with” the agreement for the sale of vaccines against COVID-19 with the European Commission and that therefore will “defend himself” in court, after being denounced by the Community authorities before the Belgian Justice. “AstraZeneca has fully complied with the Advance Purchase Agreement with the European Commission and will defend itself vigorously in court. We believe that any litigation is unfounded and we welcome this opportunity to resolve this dispute as soon as possible,” the company said. it’s a statement.