Britain's health minister rebuffs European Union criticism on AstraZeneca vaccine exports

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Separately, six European Union countries including Latvia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic demanded that the bloc reallocate the vaccines it is buying collectively to make up for their shortfalls in shots from AstraZeneca.

The EU said on Wednesday (17 March) it is prepared to tighten COVID vaccine exports to vaccine-producing countries or those with higher vaccination rates if they do not comply with its plea for "openness and reciprocity", in a move seen as a veiled threat to the United Kingdom, one of the key vaccine manufacturing countries.

Relations between Britain and the European Union have become increasingly fractious in the context of Britain's departure from the bloc's orbit at the start of the year, while the European Union is lagging behind Britain with its vaccine rollout.

Ms von der Leyen said "all options are on the table" because "we are in the crisis of the century" in comments which raise the possibility that stocks of Pfizer vaccine manufactured in Belgium could be prevented from going to Britain.

Supplies of vaccines rely on very complex worldwide manufacturing supply chains as we have just said and so everybody needs to have free trade of vaccines and not get into this sort of difficulty'.

Robert Jenrick today demanded the European Union "stick to their side of the bargain" on vaccine supply as he blasted Ursula von der Leyen for threatening to impose an export ban on jabs.

The European Union's chief executive criticised Anglo-Swedish vaccine-maker AstraZeneca on Wednesday, accusing the embattled pharmaceutical company of delaying Europe's coronavirus vaccination campaign and warning that the EU is weighing export bans to ensure supplies. "And this is why we need to ensure that there is reciprocity and proportionality".

'It isn't at all helpful if we enter into this sort of conversation.

"We want reliable deliveries of vaccines, we want increase in the contracts, we want to see reciprocity and proportionality in exports and we are ready to use whatever tool we need to deliver on that".

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That is despite the fact that 19 countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have halted the use of AstraZeneca jabs over unfounded fears they cause blood clots, meaning around 7.5million doses are now sitting unused. The EU expects to receive around 360 million vaccine doses in the second quarter, compared with an expected 100 million in the first quarter following a big shortfall in deliveries from AstraZeneca PLC.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng slammed the move which risks undermining confidence in the vaccine.

"What they are saying is very, very unhelpful".

"I think it takes some explaining, because the world's watching".

"I trust AstraZeneca. I trust the vaccines", she said.

Several EU nations are waiting for reassurance from the bloc's medicines regulator, due tomorrow, before restarting use of the AZ jab.

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".

However, the sluggish inoculation campaign threatens plans announced by the Commission to launch "green digital certificate" that would collate information on vaccinations, tests and Covid recovery to let travellers cross borders freely again in the European bloc.

With less than a 10th of the bloc's population inoculated, the European Commission said the epidemiological situation was worsening.

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