EU says won't take up option to buy 100 million extra COVID vaccines from AstraZeneca

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares a dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Antwerp, Belgium March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Thursday it would not take up an option to buy 100 million additional doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine which is included in the current supply contract the EU has with the company.

A spokesman told a news conference that the deadline to exercise the option had already expired and the EU did not plan to take it up, confirming a Reuters report from Wednesday.

The Commission has ordered 300 million doses from AstraZeneca as part of a contract that included 400 million doses, of which 100 million was optional.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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