February 25, 2021 – 18:01
AstraZeneca is trying to deliver only 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union by the end of March.
That’s less than half the amount she promised in her contract for the first quarter of the year, AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot told European lawmakers on Thursday.
Earlier this company had promised to offer about 90 million doses in the first quarter of this year.
The EU, which lags far behind the United States and the United Kingdom in vaccinating citizens, has repeatedly urged AstraZeneca to offer more doses of the vaccine.
“We are doing everything we can to give it 40 million doses in the first quarter of 2021,” said AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot.
Sortiot did not provide any information regarding the supply of vaccines in the second quarter of 2021.
Under the contract, until this stage of the year, the company is obliged to offer about 180 million doses of the vaccine./ rel