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European Union sues AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery shortfall

European Union sues AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery shortfall”

"We are making progress addressing the technical challenges and our output is improving, but the production cycle of a vaccine is very long which means these improvements take time to result in increased finished vaccine doses".

The European Union has begun legal action against AstraZeneca (AZN.L), alleging the pharmaceuticals giant has failed to fulfil promises made in its contract to supply COVID-19 vaccines.

In an interview with The New York Times von der Leyen said the European Union was planning major changes in policy as vaccinations stepped up across the world.

According to him, based on data from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), there have been 168 cases of thrombosis detected worldwide since March and, during that period, about 21.6 million individuals worldwide had received the AstraZeneca vaccine jab.

"Von der Leyen did note, however, that travel will be contingent on vaccination certificates showing proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (E.M.A.)", Axios added.

Travel restrictions keep evolving for those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Von der Leyen gave no timetable, but The Times said that new rules could be in place by the summer.

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The EMA, the bloc's drug regulator, has approved the three vaccines being used in the United States - Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

"She said: "[Travel will depend] on the epidemiological situation, but the situation is improving in the United States, as it is, hopefully, also improving in the European Union".

Americans have been banned from nonessential travel to the European Union for over a year due to the pandemic.

"What matters is to us in this case is that we want to make sure that there is a speedy delivery of sufficient number of doses that the European citizens are entitled to and which have been promised on the basis of the contract".

And more than half (59%) said that they would be happy to use a digital health pass if it meant that they could start travelling earlier.

"There's a bit of distance to go yet in terms of even the discussion at European Council on this", he said. We just can't. We're an inter-connected island.

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