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April 9, 2021

Australia Asks EU to Remove Barriers and Ship COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Last month, the Italian government coordinated with EU officials to block a shipment of over 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia. Moreover, Australia has claimed that the EU coordinated with member countries to delay the shipment of over 3 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses that were expected to be delivered by the end of March. While the EU has denied that it blocked the shipments, Australia continues to urge EU officials to ship the outstanding “doses to confirm it has not blocked exports.”

“If it is indeed the position of the European Union that they are happy for these export licenses to be granted and their 3.8 million doses to come to Australia, then we would encourage them to do that,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

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