23 April 2021,   09:06
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EU says UK, U.S. have vaccine export bans, EU allows exports of Pfizer, Moderna shots

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU was allowing exports of COVID-19 vaccines, mostly from BionTech/Pfizer and Moderna, while the U.S. and UK had mechanism to block them, writes Reuters.


Von der Leyen told a news conference that approximately 95% of EU-made vaccines that had been exported since Jan. 30 were manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, and the remainder by Moderna.


She said that both were honouring their supply contracts with the EU and therefore there was no limitation on their export, while on AstraZeneca’s exports the EU was keeping “a very close eye” because of the company’s shortfalls in deliveries to the 27-nation bloc.


Von der Leyen added that the United States and Britain had systems in place that effectively blocked the export of COVID-19 vaccines.

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