AstraZeneca Shuns UK for Ireland Due to Rishi’s Tax Burden

Rishi’s soon to be even more punitive corporation tax rates are the reason for AstraZeneca choosing Ireland for its new manufacturing facility instead of the UK, according to its CEO Pascal Soriot. Not Brexit, just self-imposed, self-harming, competitiveness crushing…

AstraZeneca originally wanted to make a $360 million investment in the UK, however Soriot told journalists yesterday that Rishi and Hunt’s “tax rate was discouraging”. 

They’re not the only ones. Last week GSK warned that Britain is at a “tipping point” if the right decisions aren’t taken soon, and Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson said the UK is at risk of causing long-term damage to its life science sector. It turns out rearranging the deck chairs by creating a new ‘department for science’ isn’t enough, actual pro-growth policies are required…

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EU Loses Case Against AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca welcomes Court ruling on supply of its COVID-19 vaccine to EU:

AstraZeneca today welcomed the ruling by the Court of First Instance in Brussels. The European Commission had requested 120 million vaccine doses cumulatively by the end of June 2021, and a total of 300 million doses by the end of September 2021 The judge ordered delivery of 80 million doses by 27 September 2021. To date, the Company has supplied more than 70 million doses to the European Union and will substantially exceed 80 million doses by the end of June 2021 All other measures sought by the European Commission have been dismissed, and in particular the Court found that the European Commission has no exclusivity or right of priority over all other contracting parties.

The judgement also acknowledged that the difficulties experienced by AstraZeneca in this unprecedented situation had a substantial impact on the delay. AstraZeneca now looks toward to renewed collaboration with the European Commission to help combat the pandemic in Europe. The Company remains committed to broad and equitable distribution of the vaccine as laid out in the Advanced Purchase Agreement of August 2020.

The judgement did however order that AstraZeneca was to deliver 50 million doses of vaccine by 27 September 2021 – according to a binding schedule:

  • 15 million doses by 26 July, at 9 a.m.,
  • 20 million doses by 23 August,
  • 15 million doses at 27 September.

Which is less than the company already expects to deliver by September, a further 80 million doses – which is 30 million more than ordered. In the unlikely event of non-compliance with these delivery deadlines AstraZeneca will have to pay a penalty of €10 per dose not delivered. AstraZeneca, it should be noted, is already the second-largest supplier to the EU’s 27 member states. At cost price…

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