How is the EU Commission taking action against AstraZeneca?
The EU authority is now planning a “transparency mechanism for the export of vaccines” to countries outside the EU. There is suspicion in Brussels that the company is supplying other countries such as Great Britain with unreduced quantities. “We see cans being delivered elsewhere,” said the commission spokesman. Since the EU made prepayments for production, “these cans should actually be available for delivery” as soon as the EMA gives the green light. However, no export bans are planned.
EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn emphasized that he wanted to find a solution by the end of the week. If AstraZeneca does not provide a satisfactory answer, then of course legal steps – as already pointed out by EU Council President Charles Michel – are a possible consequence.
What does this mean for Austria?
There will be delays. According to KURIER information, more than a million vaccine doses could be missing in the first quarter. However, according to the Austrian managing director Robin Rumler, Biontech / Pfizer can ultimately deliver 1.1 million cans instead of the planned 900,000 cans in the first quarter, despite temporary production restrictions.