EU Commission can put brakes on vaccine exports

By Canadian Press	
	 		EU leaders grapple with surge of infections vaccine issues

With inoculation programmes in the bloc running far behind those of Britain and the United States, the Commission warned that vaccine exports by AstraZeneca would be blocked until the pharmaceutical company delivered the shots it promised to the EU.

The arrival of the Johnson & Johnson shot is a welcome boost to Europe's faltering vaccination campaign.

Although statements like, "new activity restrictions coming as days and weeks ahead" were the gravest, "We were right not to confine in January" and "end the naivety", could placate the listeners. "We also want to assume a win-win situation here, that is, we want to act in a politically sensible way, because it is in part somewhat more complicated than one thinks at first glance".

Draghi said he expected at least 4 million more vaccine doses to get to Italy before the end of the month, with production slowly being ramped up in various sites.

The German Chancellor and the other European Union leaders also discussed the pandemic with President Joe Biden via video-link, the first such discussion with a U.S leader in 11 years, and von der Leyen said both sides "agreed that we have a strong interest in working together to keep global supply chains functioning".

European Union leaders voiced frustration on Thursday (March 25) over a massive shortfall in contracted deliveries of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines, as a third wave of infections surged across Europe.

AstraZeneca's request to the EMA for authorisation of its Dutch plant run by subcontractor Halix was only confirmed on Wednesday by EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

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But Mrs von der Leyen hit back at these comments on Thursday, arguing that the European Union was the "region that exports most vaccines worldwide". Europe has had 88 million doses delivered so far, of which 62 million doses have been administered.

The commission's proposal has been divisive.

Countries more exposed by the shortfalls in the supply of the cheaper AstraZeneca vaccine have asked for these extra doses not to be distributed pro-rata but following criteria that take into account infections and the current quantity of vaccines in a certain member state.

French President Emmanuel Macron followed the footsteps of European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and Germany's Angela Merkel while speaking at the sidelines of the European Council during late Thursday, early Friday for Asia.

At the end of the summit, the EU's 27 nations were still locked in a dispute over how an upcoming batch of 10 million doses could be allocated to narrow the vaccine gap between member states and the leaders chose to push the talks to a future meeting of their ambassadors. "This is false!", Mr Macron, who vowed Europe would become the world's biggest vaccine producer by the summer, said.

"It means we will not only able to fulfil our needs, but also to massively export, and on the long term", he said.

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