AstraZeneca rejected Babiš’s comments on black market vaccines

Updates: 12.02.2021 17:12

London / Prague – The British-Swedish company AstraZeneca has denied that some EU countries could obtain its covid-19 vaccine from a private seller. He informed about it server EurActiv. The pharmaceutical company thus reacted to the statement of the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who this week spoke about the offers of vaccines on the black market.

“We are currently focusing on delivering government and international health organizations as quickly as possible as part of our significant global commitments. … That’s why there are currently no private sector deliveries, sales or distributions of vaccines,” said AstraZeneca.

“If someone offers vaccines privately, it’s probably a hoax, so it should be rejected and reported to local health authorities,” the pharmaceutical company added.

Babiš spoke about offers from the black market on Wednesday during a visit to Serbia and then again on Thursday in the Chamber of Deputies.

“At a time when AstraZeneca refused to supply the European Union with 80 million vaccines, we repeatedly received – and not only me, but the other three prime ministers in Europe – offers for the vaccine, even before the deliveries began,” Babiš told MEPs.

AstraZeneca was scheduled to deliver 80 million doses of vaccine to the EU in the first quarter of this year, later reducing the amount to 31 million. Following pressure from Brussels at the end of January, it increased the initial delivery volume to 40 million.

Vaccines outside the EU vaccination strategy were offered to the Czech Republic by “a company, a mediator from Dubai,” the prime minister said. “Payment 50 percent in advance,” he added, adding that scams of real vaccines are also available on the market.

Babiš already stated during his visit to Serbia that he had informed the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen about the offer in question.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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