Ursula van der Leyen said on Saturday that the European Union could stop exporting AstraZeneca vaccines if the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company did not deliver the promised doses to member states.
We have the ability to block scheduled exports. We send the following message to AstraZeneca: You are fulfilling the terms of the agreement before you start shipping to other countries
– Quoted German wave Politician. Ursula van der Leyen says AstraZeneca provided only 30 percent of the vaccine promised to the EU in the first quarter of 2021. He also stressed that the deal would provide vaccines from British and EU factories, but
We do not provide any vaccines from the UK
He pointed out. The head of the European Commission, according to statistics, the EU has so far delivered at least 41 million doses of vaccines to 33 non-EU countries, despite a shortage of vaccines within the EU.
I cannot justify by the citizens of Europe why we export vaccines to countries that produce vaccines and that we receive nothing in return. I can not justify exporting vaccines to countries with higher vaccination rates and much lower epidemics than the EU.
he said Ursula van der Leyen.
According to commission figures, the European Union has so far shipped nine million doses to the UK and one million to the United States. .