Italy and the European Commission have blocked a shipment of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine destined for Australia. The British-Swedish drug manufacturer had failed to meet its EU contract commitments so the Italian government refused its request to export 250,000 doses from its Anagni plant near Rome, according to the Reuters news agency. Italy made the request and it was signed off by the European Commission under a new export control system that came into law on 30 January. This is the first time it has been used by a member state. It is understood the doses will now be redistributed within the EU, where about 8% of the population has been vaccinated, compared with more than 30% in the UK. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Pfizer CEO: An EU vaccine ban would be lose-lose situation Australia is set to start its rollout of the Oxford vaccine by Monday and is expecting to receive 1.2m doses from Europe, with 300,000 having arrived over the weekend. The Australian government has not yet commented on the blocked shipment. This is the latest in a running feud with the… Read full this story
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