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EU Sues AstraZeneca Over Alleged COVID Vaccine Delivery Shortfall

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The European Union has sued pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca, over delivery shortfalls of its coronavirus vaccine.

The European Commission confirmed it has started the legal action on the basis of breaches of the advanced purchase agreement.

EU spokesman, Stefan De Keersmaecker, says some terms of the contract have not been respected, and the company has not been in a position to come up with a reliable strategy to ensure the timely delivery of doses.

De Keersmaecker said the action was launched “on behalf of EU’s 27 member-states that are in full agreement with it.

EU executives and AstraZeneca have been at loggerheads as the British-Swedish company’s alleged shortfall of deliveries to the bloc hobbled the early efforts to roll out jabs.

Diplomats say the lawsuit against AstraZeneca is filed in a Belgian court which is the jurisdiction agreed under the commission’s contract with the drug company.

AstraZeneca has so far delivered just 31 million of the 120 million doses it had promised to the EU.

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Israel Continues Gaza Air Raids As Calls For Ceasefire Grow

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Israel has launched another barrage of air raids on the Gaza Strip on Monday after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the attacks on the Palestinian enclave would continue.

The Israeli military confirmed it killed a top commander of the Islamic jihad armed group, Hussam Abu Harbeed.

Explosions rocked Gaza city from north to south as Israeli fighter jets hit homes, clinics and government buildings.

212 persons, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest violence began more than a week ago. Some fifteen hundred Palestinians were also wounded.

Gaza’s ministry of health has launched an appeal for help as it struggles to respond to the large numbers of injured persons seeking hospital treatment across the territory.

US army general, Mark Milley warned on Monday of potential destabilization beyond the Gaza Strip if the violence continued.

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French President Hosts Africa Summit On Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

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African leaders are in Paris at the Africa Finance Summit. Part of the agenda is to address post-pandemic recovery on the continent.

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, South Africa and others landed in Paris on Monday for the Africa finance Summit set for today and tomorrow.

The meeting has been touted by some observers as attempting to create a “new deal” for African economies.

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Ariana Grande Marries Dalton Gomez In ‘Intimate’ Ceremony

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In 'Intimate' Ceremony

American pop star Ariana Grande has married her fiance Dalton Gomez in a “tiny and intimate” wedding.

Grande’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

Last year December, 27-year-old Grande announced her engagement to Gomez, a 25-year-old real estate agent by posting a photo of her ring along with the caption, “Forever n then some.”

The TMZ website said the ceremony took place at Grande’s property in Montecito, a celebrity hotspot in southern California where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also live.

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