EU seeks huge fine for AstraZeneca vaccine delays

Lawyers for AstraZeneca Clemence Van Muylder, Hakim Boularbah and Stephanie De Smedt, arrive to attend a hearing at a Belgian court in the legal case against the British-Swedish firm accused by the EU of having breached its contract for the supply of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines, in Brussels, Belgium May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A lawyer for the European Union asked a Brussels court on Wednesday to impose a large fine on AstraZeneca for its delays in delivering COVID-19 vaccines to the EU.

The lawyer said the EU was seeking 10 euros for each day of delay for each dose as compensation for AstraZeneca’s non-compliance with the EU contract.

The lawyer said the EU was also seeking 10 million euros as penalties for AstraZeneca for each breach of the contract that the judge may decide.

A verdict is expected next month

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