EU pressures AstraZeneca to make up for vaccine shortfall

The European Union is asking Astra Zeneca to supply vaccines made in the UK to make up for the shortfall from their European laboratories.

The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, made the comments in a letter to four EU leaders as Brussels and AstraZeneca are embroiled in an escalating row over the bloc’s slow start to its inoculation programme.

The European Commission has asked Belgian authorities to inspect production at a plant in Belgium that makes the AstraZeneca vaccine, where problems have led to a large shortfall in supply.