BRUSSELS – The letter from Brussels on 19 March in which the European Commission asked the Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca to respect its contractual commitments with Europe within “a period of 20 days”, has not yet received a reply. The deadline expired on 8 April. Repubblica had already given account of the letter, on 19 March, in the interview with Ursula von Der Leyen, president of the EU Commission. The content – seven pages in English signed by the EU’s chief negotiator on Covid vaccines, Sandra Gallina – was published two days ago by the French newspaper. The echoes.
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The text lists a long list of elements that led the EU executive “to the conclusion that AstraZeneca has not respected, and continues not to respect, its contractual obligations of production and delivery” of the initial 300 million doses for the EU.
“We formally ask you and give you notice to remedy the substantial contractual violations within twenty days of this letter – continues the text -. We give you notice to recover without further delay on the backlog in the production and delivery of the doses and to mitigate any damage caused. “.
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“We underline – the message continues – that the substantial violation of the purchase agreement by your company can lead to dramatic consequences for the life, health and freedom of millions of European citizens in the Covid-19 crisis”.