United Kingdom vaccine roll-out to be slower than hoped

Ruben Fields
March 19, 2021

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU has approved the export of some 41 million vaccine doses to 33 countries in the last six weeks and believes that it stands at the forefront of worldwide vaccine-sharing efforts.

Ms von der Leyen praised vaccine-makers BioNTech and Moderna for living up to their delivery commitments, but she took a swipe at British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for delays.

Around 41 million doses of vaccines have been exported from European Union to 33 countries and regions since February 1, von der Leyen said, while accusing the British multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca of having "underproduced and underdelivered" to the bloc, with the original 180 million doses dwindling down to just 70 million.

He said von der Leyen's comments contradicted assurances he had been given by Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and by European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

"I would recommend people to take it".

The certificate will show "whether the person has either been vaccinated, or has a recent negative test, or has recovered from Covid, and thus has antibodies", von der Leyen said.

The company said last week it aimed to deliver to the European Union 100 million doses of its vaccine by the end of June, instead of 300 million envisaged under its European Union contract, citing production problems and export restrictions.

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"We've, all of us, including with our European friends, been saying throughout the pandemic, that you'd be wrong to curtail or interfere with lawfully-contracted supply", Mr Raab said.

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"We have said before that the global recovery from Covid relies on worldwide collaboration."We are all dependent on global supply chains and putting in place restrictions endangers global efforts to fight the virus".

Senior EU figures have accused Britain of imposing an effective ban on vaccine exports, a claim strongly denied by the Government which has organised a highly-successful vaccination programme in the UK.

Speaking as the EU's vaccine rollout descended deeper into chaos, Ms von der Leyen called on Britain to begin sending AstraZeneca jabs overseas.

That is despite the fact that 19 countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have halted the use of AstraZeneca jabs over unfounded fears they cause blood clots, meaning around 7.5million doses are now sitting unused.

The EU's announced travel certificate, meanwhile, is meant to help restore freedom of movement within the bloc for citizens inoculated against the coronavirus.

"We see the crest of a third wave forming in member states, and we know that we need to accelerate the vaccination rates".

For the second quarter of 2021, AstraZeneca will only deliver 70 million doses, less than half of the 180 million it was contractually obliged to deliver, she said.

But, she said, the European Union was "still waiting for doses" from Britain. In our contract with AstraZeneca there are even two sites in the United Kingdom that are put in the contract for potential deliveries for the European Union.

"This is why we need to ensure that there is reciprocity and proportionality".

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