Short of vaccines, the EU releases its “Europe first” card

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How can we ensure that vaccines purchased for the European Union (EU) arrive at their destination and on schedule? Plagued by the Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca this week, the Commission on Friday drew a mechanism to control vaccine exports to third countries, applicable from this Saturday.

Suspecting certain companies, including AstraZeneca, of having redirected doses in principle foreseen for the Twenty-Seven to third countries, the Commission wants companies that produce in the EU, and in general all companies with which it has a purchase contract, notify the planned exports outside its territory and specify to whom and in what quantities these doses are delivered.