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March 22, 2021

EU Officials Weigh Tighter Restrictions on COVID-19 Vaccine Exports to UK

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, recently voiced her concerns about delayed British shipments of COVID-19 vaccines destined for the EU. While the UK is the “number one export destination” for vaccines produced in the EU, the UK has not shipped any COVID-19 vaccine doses to the EU. "If this situation does not change, we will have to reflect on how to make exports to vaccine-producing countries dependent on their level of openness. We will reflect on whether exports to countries with higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate," von der Leyen said.

According to British foreign minister Dominic Raab, von der Leyen’s comments contradicted assurances by EU leaders that there were not any plans to block COVID-19 vaccine exports to the UK. Raab said the British government expects EU leaders to respect “those assurances and legal, contracted supply."

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