The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in an interview with the media group Funke, threatened AstraZeneca with a ban on the export of its coronavirus vaccine from the EU.
The European official recalled that since the beginning of the year, the company has delivered only 30% of the planned vaccine volume to European countries to the countries of the union.
“We have the ability to ban planned exports. This is a message to AstraZeneca: you first fulfill your contract with Europe and then start deliveries to other countries,” von der Leyen warned.
She stressed that in some EU countries, the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is already being observed.
Currently, the EU has approved coronavirus vaccines from Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer. On March 4, the Committee on Medicines for Medical Use of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) began a procedure for the consistent examination of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.