European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Stella Kyriakides underlined the EU's efforts to resolve the problematic situation concerning "the intention of AstraZeneca to supply considerably fewer doses in the coming weeks than agreed and announced", speaking at a news conference on Wednesday.
She referred to "insufficient explanations from the company," and "deep dissatisfaction among the EU Member States," which she said are "united that AstraZeneca needs to deliver on its commitments in our agreement."
"Pharmaceutical companies, vaccine developers, have moral, societal and contractual responsibilities, which they need to uphold", she stressed.
Kyriakides pointed up that "we reject the logic of first come, first served", she said, as "there's no priority clause in the Advance Purchase Agreement."
"We intend to defend the integrity of our investments and the taxpayers' money that has been invested", she concluded.