European Union threatens to tighten Covid-19 vaccine export restrictions

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The EU threatened on Wednesday to ban exports of COVID-19 vaccines to Britain to safeguard scarce doses for its own citizens, and Jenrick said the threat from European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen was disappointing.

"We are exporting to countries that are themselves producing vaccines, and this is this is an invitation to be open so that you also see experts from those countries coming to Europe".

With the EU under fire over its slow roll-out of vaccines, she stressed that 41 million doses had been exported in six weeks from the European bloc to 33 countries, which includes millions of Pfizer jabs from Belgium to the UK.

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen accused manufacturer AstraZeneca of "underproducing and underdelivering", despite the fact many countries have now suspended using that version of the jab.

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Foreign secretary Dominic Raab disputed Ms von der Leyen's assertions.

"AstraZeneca would say that the sites they had earmarked for the production of vaccines for Europe just didn't yield".

Upon delivery, Von der leyen He insisted that "it should be done Proportionate to populationProper criterion", but that's something Member countries "they decided otherwise " Don't buy then" The quantity This was the reason, so there have been Return back Serial Distribution for those wishing to buy more than The population".

Europe's vaccination campaign has struggled to get off the ground due to delayed deliveries, as well as a bitter row with pharma giant AstraZeneca and fears over the safety of its vaccine.

The official pointed out the European Union had exported 10 million vaccine doses to the United Kingdom but received none back.

Vaccine producer AstraZeneca has attracted a good deal of criticism in the European Union, which says it is not meeting its supply obligations.

Ms von der Leyen said the company originally pledged to deliver 90 million doses in the first three months of 2021 but later said it could only provide 40 million doses and more recently, only 30 million.

Ms von der Leyen said the European Union still aims to vaccinate 70 per cent of all adults by September. 200 million doses in the second quarter will come from the first, 55 Johnson and johnson And 35 yes modern.

Speaking to reporters in Brussels yesterday, Ms Von der Leyen had said: 'AstraZeneca has unfortunately under-produced and under-delivered, and this painfully, of course, reduced the speed of the vaccination campaign.

Brussels bears responsibility for the buying of the vaccines, but it is up to national governments - some of which have been happy to blame the European Commission for their shortcomings - to get shots into people's arms.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "She confirmed then that the focus of their mechanism was on transparency and not meant to restrict exports by companies where they are fulfilling their contractual responsibilities". Italy and France both agreed to resume rollouts of the vaccine if the EU's top drug regulator maintained support for its use.

Amid the ongoing row, multiple European Union nations including France, Italy and Germany have suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca jab in light of a small number of reports of bleeding, blood clots and low blood platelet counts.

"We all said it a year ago on PPE".

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