Ireland plans for possible legal action against AstraZeneca over COVID-19 vaccine supplies

The Health Minister of Ireland said that they have joined the ongoing European Commission plans for possible legal action against AstraZeneca due to its complete failure to meet the delivery and contractual agreements.

Stephen Donnelly while Speaking with the Irish parliament on Thursday said that about AstraZeneca, a legal case has been initiated by the Commission, and earlier this week we have joined Ireland as one of the parties to that legal case, which is specifically about AstraZeneca's complete failure to meet its delivery and contractual agreements for April, May, and June. The decision to take legal action has not been taken at this point as told by the European Commission spokesperson:

Under their contract, the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical firm is responsible for supplying 180 million doses which is enough for 90 million people of the EU in the second quarter of this year.

Drugmaker has been reportedly accused of under-delivering repeatedly by the EU officials and their chief executive Pascal Soriot told in February that they were on track to meet commitments for the second quarter.

EU President Ursula von der Leyen threatened to halt vaccine exports earlier this year amid pressure over the slow rollout pace, which continues to trail behind the UK. She also said that the EU has an excellent portfolio of different vaccines and we have secured more than enough doses for the entire population, but we have to ensure sufficient and timely vaccine deliveries to EU citizens since Every day counts.

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca was also accused of "stockpiling" millions of doses at a factory in Italy last month, but the company denied the reports claiming that many of them had been reserved for the WHO's COVAX program.

These plans of legal action over AstraZeneca have come amid ongoing concerns that the COVID-19 vaccine could be linked to blood clots and several countries in the bloc halted their rollout of the jab. European regulator on the other hand has now ruled that these unusual blood clots should be listed as a minor side effect.

The situation is getting worst as AstraZeneca is already facing legal action from the family of an Italian woman who died after having her jab.

A person named Augusta Turiaco, 55 had no underlying health conditions and died 19 days after her vaccination. Her family says the case is filed to make sure whether the jab caused blood clots to form in her body and her brain. EU and UK regulators have already concluded that the benefits will still outweigh the risks of getting the Oxford vaccine.

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