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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

EU Threatens to Restrict Exports of Vaccines, Blocking Shipments to UK

by A.P.

Brussels has ordered all drugs manufacturers producing vaccines against the Chinese coronavirus in the bloc to inform them before exporting to non-EU nations, giving the bloc powers to stop exports to countries including the UK.

The move came as a result of anger in Brussels when Pfizer announced that it would be providing 50 million fewer doses — a reduction of 60 per cent — to the political bloc due to manufacturing problems at its Belgian labs.

On Monday, Brussels, the capital of the European Union which hosts many of the bloc’s administrative power structures, told Pfizer and other drugs firms operating in the Union that it must supply “early notification” of exports of vaccines, according to The Times.

The bloc’s health commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, had complained that Pfizer’s notification that it cannot deliver on time was “not acceptable to the EU”.



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