The European Union has blocked the delivery of 3.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Australia. The country has little hope of receiving the promised 400,000 doses on time.
This is reported by Reuters with reference to a source in the Australian government.
Meanwhile, the European Commission denies blocking the supply of the vaccine to this country.
In Brussels, they clarified that at the moment they have rejected only one of the 491 requests for the export of COVID-vaccine. Seven requests are currently being considered, and deliveries are suspended pending a decision.
Earlier it was reported that Italy blocked the export of 250 thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia due to a conflict with the company.
The vaccine is manufactured in an Italian factory. Amid disputes with the vaccine manufacturer, which claimed a shortage of supplies, Italy decided to ban the export of the drug. The European Commission supported the decision.