Covid vaccine: EU ‘set to block AstraZeneca exports to UK’

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The European Union is set to block exports of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines to the UK, according to reports.

Senior officials told Bloomberg news agency that any requests for doses produced in Europe would be reviewed “very severely” until the British-based company fulfilled its contract with the bloc.

Any vaccines and ingredients produced in European factories “will for now be reserved for local deliveries,” the source added.

The comments were made ahead of a meeting of EU leaders to discuss a possible export ban on Thursday.

It comes after defence minister Ben Wallace said any attempt to block Covid-19 vaccine exports to the UK would be “counterproductive”.

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