E.U. Set to Curb Covid Vaccine Exports for 6 Weeks
E.U. Set to Curb Covid Vaccine Exports for 6 Weeks
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24 March, 2021, 16:39
One of the insiders argued the new rules would add several provisions to cover the concepts of "reciprocity" and "proportionality", meaning that the EU's vaccine shipments could be blocked to countries that don't show reciprocity by exporting domestically-made doses.
Brussels will push ahead with plans to block shipments of coronavirus vaccines to the United Kingdom and launch new rules targeting countries with high vaccination rates and low exports of jabs today.
The EU mechanism has been used to block vaccine exports only once so far, when Italy said it would withhold an AstraZeneca vaccine shipment bound for Australia.
"The PM regularly speaks to the EU and European leaders as he did last week and over the weekend", a Number 10 spokesperson said, while Johnson's press secretary, Allegra Stratton, said future calls would be disclosed only if "a decision is taken".
"It's not specific to a company and it's not specific to a country", said one official. "If that's to continue, it's really important for Europeans to get their fair share of vaccines".
As The Irish Times reports, Brussels suspects the British-Swedish company of building up a stockpile of the vaccine produced in a Dutch factory and finished in Italy that officials estimate runs into tens of millions of doses that are awaiting delivery.
On the eve of a summit of the 27 member nations' leaders, the EU's executive body said Wednesday that it has a plan ready to guarantee that more vaccines produced in the bloc are available for its own citizens before they can be exported.
"We have secured more than enough doses for the entire population".
The commission's proposals are due to be discussed by European Union leaders at a video-summit this week that will focus on efforts to accelerate the bloc's response to the pandemic as some countries are hit by a third wave.
AstraZeneca reported Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection among adults of all ages in a long-anticipated US study, a finding that some experts hoped would help rebuild public confidence in the shot around the world and move it a step closer to clearance in the U.S.
In response to questions about the proposed measures a spokesperson for Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, said Britain expected the European Union "to stand by its commitment not to restrict exports by companies that are fulfilling their obligations".
"Vaccines are an global operation, they're produced by collaboration between great worldwide scientists and we'll continue to work with European partners to deliver the vaccine rollout".
"We in this country don't believe in blockades of any kind, of vaccines or vaccine material", he said Tuesday. "That's something this country won't dream of engaging in".
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Wolf has said the state is making progress in the state's vaccine distribution but the supply remains well below the demand. Several provinces are redoubling COVID-19 vaccination efforts today, offering shots to broader swaths of the population.
She called on other countries to reciprocate the EU's openness and said the bloc was inviting national leaders for discussion. The EU is "quite right" to consider preventing vaccines from being exported outside the bloc, according to a Fine Gael TD.
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