Australia’s prime minister on Friday said he “understands” why Italy blocked the planned export of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine . Nevertheless, Australia asked the European Commission on Friday to review the decision. Italy, backed by the European Union’s executive arm, used export controls to stop around 250,000 doses leaving for Australia earlier this week, after the drug manufacturer failed to fulfill its European Union order. “Australia has raised the issue with the European Commission through multiple channels,” Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters on Friday. Watch video 05:39 Share EU vaccination shortfall Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3prGQ EU vaccine export ban ‘must be on the table,’ says MEP Manfred Weber Morrison acknowledges greater urgency in Italy Despite the hold-up, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison was compassionate: “In Italy people are dying at the rate of 300 a day. So I can certainly understand the high level of anxiety that would exist in Italy and in many countries across Europe,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney. The government “always anticipated” that a problem like this might arise, Morrison said, adding: “That’s why we’ve done a number of things, the most significant of which is… Read full this story
- Coronavirus sweeps across Europe after Italy outbreak: Now Switzerland, Austria, Croatia and mainland Spain ALL report cases as killer infection tightens its grip on the continent
- Coronavirus: Australia warns millions could become infected as China toll passes 3,000
- Coronavirus: Risk in EU from outbreak rises to second highest level
- Coronavirus: Risk in EU from outbreak rises from moderate to high
- Coronavirus: Kiwis want more border control, don't think Govt can stop outbreak
- Coronavirus Update: NYC Resident Being Tested For Virus After Traveling To Italy
- Coronavirus: Are less-developed EU countries more susceptible?
- Italy and South Korea coronavirus fears prompt Australian healthcare worker warnings
- Coronavirus: Life around Italy's quarantined 'red zone'
- Europe on red alert for coronavirus: Greece confirms its first case, France announces its second death, Italy's infection toll nears 400 with 12 dead and Austria quarantines a dozen people
Coronavirus: Australia wants EU to 'review' Italy's vaccine block have 341 words, post on www.dw.com at January 5, 2021. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.