EU hit by delay to Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine delivery

EU hit by delay to Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine delivery

Pharmaceutical group says initial volumes will ‘be lower than originally anticipated’

AstraZeneca has warned EU countries it will fail to meet delivery timetables for its coronavirus vaccine, in a fresh blow to the troubled rollout of the bloc’s immunisation programme, European officials have said. 

The disclosure came in a meeting with member states and the European Commission on Friday afternoon, according to multiple people with knowledge of the discussions. 

One described the proposed shortfall as “significant”. Another said the details were still being worked out but it was “not looking good in the short term”. 

The European Commission said: “We want to have vaccines as quickly as possible and in line with the agreements.”