European Union set to announce further restrictions on vaccine exports


AstraZeneca reported Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection among adults of all ages in a long-anticipated US study, a finding that some experts hoped would help rebuild public confidence in the shot around the world and move it a step closer to clearance in the U.S.

"We in this country don't believe in blockades of any kind of vaccines or vaccine materials", he said.

USA federal health officials said early Tuesday that results may have included "outdated information" and that could mean the company provided an incomplete view of efficacy data.

The trouble began in late January, when AstraZeneca told the bloc it would cut its deliveries by more than half in the first quarter of 2021, upending vaccine rollout plans.

British prime minister Boris Johnson has lobbied Paris and Berlin over the Dutch-made AstraZeneca doses and has floated a compromise of sharing them, while ruling out blocking the export of components needed to produce Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines as a potential retaliatory move.

"We are not even receiving a quarter of such deliveries as regards this issue", Galina said, adding AstraZeneca could expect measures from the EU.

France and Poland step up lockdown measures as infections spike
On the other hand, more than four crore people in the country have been innoculated against the disease. With more than 91,000 deaths, the country has one of the highest death tolls in Europe.

The EU is already threatening to block shipments of vaccines to the United Kingdom unless it can reach an agreement. "That's something this country won't dream of engaging in". "I'm encouraged by some of the things I've heard from the continent in the same sense", he told a news briefing. Two people on the call told Bloomberg he was not referring to the European Union vaccines row but was making a quip about the big pharmaceutical companies that produced the shots.

Last week, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock called on Brussels to respect the law regarding COVID-19 vaccine supply contracts, warning that there would be consequences if the bloc acts "illegally". The commission wants to make it easier to stop shipments leaving the EU if their manufacturers haven't fulfilled their European commitments. German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered a five-day lockdown over Easter following negotiations with state leaders that ran deep into the night while France and Italy have also tightened restrictions on activity in a bid to get the virus under control.

Cooke said the agency was also conducting rolling reviews - or fast-track evaluations - of vaccines made by US manufacturer Novavax and German company Curevac.

The regulation is aimed at making vaccine trade reciprocal and proportional so that other vaccine-making countries sell to Europe and the European Union does not export much more than it imports, one European Union official said.

The expanded export controls could also be used to block exports to countries with higher vaccination rates than the EU or where countries were using supplies from the European bloc to serve "vaccine tourists" who fly in to get the shot, officials said.

"In practice, all this is, is a piece of paper that says please take this stuff into consideration when you're looking at approving export authorizations", the official said.

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