The Guardian: EU threatens to halt Covid vaccine exports to UK unless it gets ‘fair share’
Ursula von der Leyen says bloc wants to see ‘reciprocity and proportionality’ in exports
The EU is prepared to take exceptional steps to halt exports of Covid-19 vaccines to Britain and secure doses for its own citizens unless the UK starts shipping shots to the bloc, the European commission president has said.
Ursula von der Leyen’s threat quickly produced a strong response from the UK, with the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, accusing the EU of engaging in brinkmanship of the type exhibited by “less democratic countries”.
Von der Leyen’s comments come the same day NHS England revealed that people under 50 will have to wait a month longer than planned for their Covid vaccination because of a major shortage of vaccine that will start at the end of the month.
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WNU Editor: What a difference one month makes. A month ago the EU and UK had similar rates of COVID cases per capita, while the US rate was about 30% higher. Now, the EU (slow vaccine rollout) has about 2x as many cases per capita as the US and 3-4x more cases than the UK. If this is not a definition of a vaccine roll-out failure, I do not know what is.
Update: The U.K. is responding to this EU threat …. UK accuses EU of brinkmanship over vaccine export threat (Reuters).
And the reason for this crisis is the decision by most EU countries to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine …. France, Italy to restart AstraZeneca COVID vaccine shots upon regulators' OK (NYPost).
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