The European Union’s Internal Market Commissioner stated on Sunday that the EU Commission did not renew its order for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.
“We did not renew the order after June. We’ll see what happens next “Thierry Breton told the French radio station France Inter.
The announcement comes just one day after the European Union reaffirmed its support for Pfizer-vaccine BioNTech’s by agreeing to a massive contract extension for up to 1.8 billion doses until 2023.
The EU launched legal proceedings against AstraZeneca two weeks ago for allegedly failing to comply with the terms of its contract with the 27-nation bloc.
Because it is less expensive and easier to use than the Pfizer vaccine, the AstraZeneca vaccine has been central to Europe’s immunisation campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries. However, the slow pace of deliveries has irritated Europeans, who have blamed the company for partially delaying their vaccine rollout.
Across the Channel, the AstraZeneca vaccine has become the focal point of a successful vaccination campaign.