Because Pfizer wasnt supplying other countries in full while claiming they have problems.
And apparently the upgrade went without a hitch, is back on track for Q1 deliveries and, due to the upgrade, will deliver 75 million above schedule in Q2. And 700 Million above schedule until the year is out globally. That is why there wasn't trouble with Biontech
No secret des with anyone else, no fraud, likely leading to the death of people like with AZ.
There is no fraud,
AZ signed a contract specifically stating they have no colliding obligations, I.e. they put in writing there is no contract with the UK. And that is fraud, under German law it would also be murder, under the applicable Belgium law it is apparently, and unfortunately, only manslaughter.
secret deals with AZ
Have you seen it? Did anyone know it gave the UK priority over other customers, even when contractually guaranteed there is no such prioritized contract? That is as secret as it gets. Unless the UK makes the contract public, it simply doesn't exist. If it exists, AZs management committed fraud. Well, they committed fraud in any case. What do you call it when companies lie in contracts?
The UK's contract was watertight with Oxford AZ.
So is the EUs contract, no competing obligations.
Lets face it, UVDL has a history of screw ups, especially as German defence minister with procurements of new equipment.
No argument there, she is horrible. AZ management still committed fraud, and since that fraud will lead to the death of people, manslaughter. They either deliver 400 million doses by June 30th, or they hopefully will be looked up for decades. That realisation had AZ management suddenly find millions of additional doses, a day after saying that is impossible.
Pfizer failed to supply the 12.5 million doses they had promised the EU in 2020
Moderna are reducing supplies in February by 20%
Sanofi aren't even in a position to come one line with production until the summer
Curevac - who knows - you tell me.
I guess the fact that Pfizer and Moderna are US owned and backed by the full power of US legal teams has no bearing on the EU not uttering a squeak against them?
No, let's pick on the UK/Swedish owned firm - much easier target.
The contracts were signed at time when the drugs were still under trial. There could have been no certainty the vaccines would even be efficacious - in fact Germany, France and the US have all claimed to varying extents that AZ isn't. Yet the EU would have us believe their whole vaccination strategy is critically dependent on huge shipments of AZ right now..
How could production so soon after trials be anything but best efforts for anyone. Lets not forget AZ are producing at zero profit. They should be applauded for getting into production so early and supported in every way to ramp up production.
No - I have no sympathy with your view at all - no sympathy with the EU commission - and my respect for Macron and Germany has taken a nosedive.
These are the vaccine doses ordered by the EU:
AstraZeneca (400 million doses)
Sanofi-GSK (300 million doses)
Johnson and Johnson (400 million doses )
BioNTech-Pfizer (600 million doses)
CureVac (405 million doses)
Moderna (160 million doses)
Sanofi's a bust. CureVac has got nowhere, despite high EU investment. J&J hasn't been submitted for approval anywhere yet. So the EU is left with AZ, Pfizer and Moderna.
Pfizer is not a great option for many countries, because it needs major deep-freeze facililties that many of the poorer EU countries can't easily provide. This includes the Netherlands, who were banking on AZ. Moderna is easier, but still needs a serious cold-chain delivery process. Both are novel mRNA biotech, and the EU is famously nervous about all vaccines.
More criticism of Ursula
“On best effort, the CEO of AstraZeneca was right,” says Gustav Oertzen, a lecturer at Leuphana University in Germany.
“This is all about ‘best reasonable effort’. No clear commitments for delivery, no recognisable penalties, unless in the redacted part."
Oertzen added that he had "no idea what von der Leyen means by 'crystal clear commitments' based on this contract.”
Full report here from Euronewshttps://www.euronews.com/2021/01/29/why ... en-so-slow
The average EU official - he has the organising ability of the Italians, the flexibility of the Germans and the modesty of the French. And that's topped up by the imagination of the Belgians, the generosity of the Dutch.