Italy has chosen to stop the delivery of about a quarter of a million doses of vaccine from the Italian manufacturer Astra Zeneca. The doses were manufactured at a plant near Rome and could have been sent to Australia.
The European Commission is behind the country’s decision, says Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s spokesman CNN.
This is the first time that delivery of vaccines from the European Union has been halted since the European Union decided to introduce export controls in January. Controls mean the vaccine manufacturers Who want to export doses out of The union must be approved. Earlier, the European Union approved about 150 vaccine export requests, according to Watchman.
Background export controls Is that many pharmaceutical companies have announced cuts in vaccine deliveries. At the same time, there were concerns from the European Union that vaccines produced within the Union – including at the Belgian factory AstraZeneca – had been exported to the UK.
The European Commission says the demand is a way to increase transparency around the vaccine.
It is about candor and clarity. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said regarding the introduction, it is important for us to have the opportunity to monitor the situation and know that the obligations contained in the pre-purchase agreements are being respected.
Chairman of the Commission On the other hand, Ursula von der Leyen is said to have assured member states that vaccine manufacturers who do not meet contract requirements will be denied permission to export, according to The Guardian.
The European Union and AstraZeneca are already in a struggle after the drugmaker sharply cut vaccine shipments During the first quarter. Only 40 million doses of the agreed 90 million doses will be delivered during this period.
Astra Zeneca has vaccine factories in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
The World Health Organization had earlier criticized export controls in the European Union, while warning of “vaccine nationalism.” Vice-President Mariangela Simao said regarding the introduction that the measure was “a very worrying trend”.