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Brussels tightened its mechanism for controlling exports of these products on Wednesday, in order to drastically restrict them to countries producing doses themselves or whose population is already widely vaccinated. The objective is in particular that “companies honor their contracts with the EU before exporting elsewhere in the world”, underlined Ursula von der Leyen, at the end of a European summit by videoconference.
Brussels has also started discussions with the United Kingdom to try to find an agreement on the supply of vaccines.. Fortunately, the two sides are in talks and it looks like they could come to an agreement on Saturday [27 mars] or shortly after “Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Thursday evening.
The EU has exported 21 million doses to the UK since December, without receiving in return any vaccine produced across the Channel, while its contract with AstraZeneca provided for deliveries from British factories. Discussions between Brussels and London focus in particular on a Dutch factory. This could supply the EU from the end of March, after its approval by the European regulator.
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