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AstraZeneca Should Pay Millions for Delayed Shots, EU Says

  • EU wants urgent Brussels court order over vaccine contract
  • EU’s slow vaccination start partly blamed on supply shortfall

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AstraZeneca Plc should pay multimillion-euro daily penalties if it still fails to deliver Covid-19 vaccines on time, the European Union told a court in the latest round of a bitter legal dispute over the drugmaker’s alleged broken promises.

Astra’s “failure” to deliver the 300 million doses the EU ordered from it last year is hurting the region’s vaccine rollout and Europe’s attempts to recover from the pandemic, lawyers for the European Commission said a hearing in Brussels on Wednesday.