Probably a French ruse to support French pharma jobs.I particularly found this tres amusant:
"To start with, the European Medicines Agency doesn’t seem to be in any great hurry to approve vaccines. It still hasn’t passed the Oxford jab, even though it is one of those that the EU has ordered in quantity. AstraZeneca is now likely to find itself in the slightly surreal position of being sued across Europe for not delivering enough of a vaccine that hasn’t even been authorised for sale."
I suspect the vaccines however will be like the PPE issue. You snooze, you loose and those producing it will keep hold of it to meet their needs first.
I don’t seem to recall anybody taking any legal action about the PPE companies who withheld supplies to meet national needs first.