AstraZeneca has denied pulling out of a meeting with EU officials over delays in deliveries of its Covid-19 vaccine.

The company insists discussions with the European Commission will go ahead later today.

The expected shortfall in supply of the jab means Ireland will get around 300 thousand doses by the end of March – rather than 600 thousand.

Earlier, Politico reported that executives have pulled out of the meeting, and instead wrote to the European Commission over its concerns surrounding the roll-out.

Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, says that Europe has spent billions on developing a Covid-19 vaccine and the companies must now deliver.

Speaking earlier, she says Europe is determined to contribute to the global common good.