The ruling said that AstraZeneca had not lived up to commitments to use its "best reasonable efforts" to fulfill its contract to the E.U. The company had used its production site in Oxford, England, for doses only for Britain, which is no longer in the E.U. The vaccine was developed along with the University of Oxford.
People who are getting their first vaccine dose should also be offered an mRNA vaccine unless they have a contraindication or none of those vaccines are available, he said.
But AstraZeneca argued that the challenges of producing and delivering the vaccine could not have been foreseen during a once-in-a-century pandemic, and that its United Kingdom sites were primarily meant to be used to service its contract with the British government.
"AstraZeneca has fully complied with its agreement with the European Commission and we will continue to focus on the urgent task of supplying an effective vaccine".
After AstraZeneca-related blood clotting appeared around the world in young people, Henry suspended use of that vaccine for people aged under 30.
"The advice I've been given today is that you should take the first vaccine that's offered to you because it's in the interest of not just yourself, but your neighbours, your family, and your community", Horgan said at the time.
NACI also updated its previous recommendation that people at high risk of exposure to, or serious illness from, COVID-19, could opt to get AstraZeneca rather than waiting for Pfizer or Moderna.
There are 14 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna being delivered this week and next, including a donation of one million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine from the United States that was to arrive in Canada Thursday night.
Moderna has only made up 17 per cent of deliveries in B.C., with 787,140 doses, however Henry said close to a million doses of that vaccine were expected over the next month.
The Commission, for its part, also claimed a victory in that the judge had ordered the company to respect a delivery schedule of 15 million doses by July 26, 20 million doses by August 23 and 15 million doses by September 27. This is because the time lapse between the first and second vaccines for Sinopharm is about two times shorter than AstraZeneca.
"That is something that happens when we're in a global pandemic with a global vaccine supply".
Should the company miss these deadlines it would face a penalty of "10 euros ($11.8) per dose not delivered", the EU Commission said.
The province reported 345 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and one additional death.