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.
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.
Earlier it was reported that Germany had been warned that Europe would not withstand the third wave of COVID-19.