June 18 (Reuters) – AstraZeneca must deliver COVID-19
vaccines to the European Union also from a factory in Britain if
it is needed to meet its commitments with the EU, a judge ruled
on Friday, according to a lawyer representing the EU.

The company had said it could not immediately deliver to the
EU doses from an Oxford Biomedica factory in Britain because it
had to supply the United Kingdom first.

The EU lawyer said the judge decided that that factory must
be used for EU supplies. However, AstraZeneca could meet its
commitments with the EU without using that factory.

The company is not obliged to deliver doses by a timetable
in the contract until the end of June, but must still deliver a
total of 300 million doses to the EU, the judge ruled.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio, editing by
Louise Heavens)