After the member countries were hit with the Third Wave of Coronavirus, European commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen said in a statement, “The EU Is the only major OECD manufacturer which is currently producing and exporting the vaccines at a large scale to dozens of countries, But open roads should lead both ways.”
The EU commission has lodged tougher controls on the Covid-19 Vaccines being exported to the U.K. and other countries. The reason being, Government Officials have become anxious about whether the Pharmaceutical industry will be able to fulfill their vaccine delivery for the upcoming months. The EU’s executives urge to make certain in getting their member states with the promised vaccine shots within the Second Quarter. The Officials are taking all means necessary in order to fulfill their target of vaccinating 70% of the EU’s adult population by the end of summer.
Why AstraZeneca plays a role in the export clutch
As promised by the Pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to deliver 90 million doses of the Coronavirus vaccine. AstraZeneca seems going downhill and failing its promise. As the officials of the company stated that they were only able to produce 30 million doses within the first quarter because of manufacturing issues, whereas the commitment was to deliver 90 million.
This action by the U.K-Swedish drug company is another major hitch for themselves as most of the countries set to hold on to the import of AstraZeneca vaccines because of report flying in about the vaccine causing blood clots in recipients. AstraZeneca on the other hand denies all such allegations after their own research found no linkage to blood clots after using the vaccine on 17 million recipients within the U.K. and Europe. On Tuesday, The U.S Health Officials accused the company of outdated information.
An EU official, objecting to giving out their name due to the susceptibility of the case, said on Wednesday.” It’s not an export ban to the countries, We’re currently facing inadequacy in Vaccine production. Also, there isn’t an adequate balance when it comes to the distribution of the Vaccine.”
This could be an issue for the United Kingdom as it has been the recipient of the largest amount of vaccines that were produced in the EU so far. “The export-hold has nothing to do against the U.K, It’s just for AstraZeneca to make certain for them to obey their commitment be face-to-face with the European Union.” Said Spain’s minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha Gonzalez.
An Agent for the U.K Government stated on Wednesday: “ We’re all in this Pandemic equally, We’re all facing it equally. The vaccines are a joint effort by renowned and great scientists internationally. The U.K will carry on working with their European partners in order to deliver out the vaccines.”.
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin alerted about a tougher vaccine export policy earlier this week. Saying it could erode the supply of raw materials for the production of the vaccine in the E.U. “I’m very much against it, I think it would be a very unprogressive and a retrograde step”.