Europe is planning to deny the UK access to vaccines against COVID-19




The European Union (EU) amid a shortage of vaccines against coronavirus is planning to deprive the UK of the possibility of exporting the drug. This is reported by the Independent newspaper, citing a letter from the head of the European Council, Charles Michel.

According to the newspaper, the “vaccine war” was provoked, in particular, by the company AstraZeneca, which guaranteed access to the vaccine in Britain, but postponed its transfer to the EU, citing the later date of the contract.

In response, the head of the European Council announced the possibility of applying emergency measures to freeze exports of vaccines, including Pfizer's drug, of which 40 million doses were ordered by Britain.

In recent weeks, the EU has faced a number of problems in the supply of vaccines against the coronavirus. So, on January 15 pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced its decision to reduce the supply of the drug to European countries while it upgrades production. Then on January 23, the newspaper Bild reported that the company AstraZeneca would not be able to deliver the expected number of doses of its vaccine to Europe. One of the reasons for the supply disruption is a fire at a vaccine production plant under construction in the Indian city of Pune.


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TAGS: EUROPEAN UNION, BRITAIN, VACCINE, CORONAVIRUS

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