EU threatens AstraZeneca with an export ban

Ursula von der LeyenPhoto: Olivier Hoslet / Pool Photo via AP

An export ban could be placed on AstraZeneca if the EU does not receive the corona vaccine deliveries before other countries, as it was promised, the EU threatens.

“This is our message to AstraZeneca: Fulfill the contract you have with Europe before you deliver to other countries,” EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview with the German magazine Funke Mediengruppe.

According to von der Leyen, AstraZeneca has only delivered 30% of the 90 million vaccine doses they promised during the first quarter of the year.

The EU is trying to speed up vaccination, as more member states are now struggling with a higher number of corona infection cases.

An EU export ban must first be triggered by a single Member State and then approved by the EU Commission before it can enter into force. 

So far, it has only been used by Italy, which has stopped 250,000 doses from being sent to Australia.

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