Explaining why the UK will receive their expected doses
“We’ve had also teething issues like this in the UK supply chain. But the UK contract was signed three months before the European vaccine deal. So with the UK we have had an extra three months to fix all the glitches we experienced. As for Europe, we are three months behind in fixing those glitches.
“Would I like to do better? Of course. But, you know, if we deliver in February what we are planning to deliver, it’s not a small volume.”
Dismissing the accusation of targeting the EU
“Actually, there’s nothing mysterious about it. But look, the sites that have the lowest productivity in the network are the sites that are supplying Europe. And quite honestly, I mean, we’re not doing it on purpose. I’m European, I have Europe at heart. Our chairman is Swedish, is European. Our CFO is European. Many people in the management are European. So we want to treat Europe as best we can.
“You know, we do this at no profit, remember? We didn’t go into this to try and make money or whatever.”
The CEO acknowledged the transparency move from the EU
“So, governments are under pressure. Everybody is getting kind of a bit, you know, aggravated or emotional about those things. But I understand because the Commission is managing the process for the whole of Europe.
“We’re certainly not taking vaccines away from the Europeans to sell it somewhere else at the profit. It would not make sense, honestly.”