EU introduces vaccine export control: “We paid these companies to increase production, and we expect them to deliver”

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The European Commission (EC) has introduced a register to monitor exports of corona vaccines produced at EU plants to stop “inappropriate” exports.

The register has been established after a conflict between the EU and AstraZeneca over access to vaccines produced at facilities outside the EU.

The EU has accused AstraZeneca of unfairly diverting doses of its vaccine produced in Europe to the UK.

“We paid these companies to increase production, and now we expect them to deliver,” EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said.

The vaccine manufacturers shall be required to provide information on planned exports in the register. 

“Today’s measures were adopted in a hurry. The goal is to give us full transparency immediately. And if necessary, it will also give us a tool to secure vaccine deliveries,” Dombrovskis said.

Norway exempted from vaccine export control

Norway will continue to receive corona vaccines despite the EU’s new export control regulations.

The new regulations state that the restrictions will not apply to Norway.

A number of other countries are also excluded, including Albania, Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland and the Vatican City, and several other countries.

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