While the two British AstraZeneca factories have not delivered a single vaccine to Europe, the President of the European Commission threatened on Sunday to ban exports to countries that do not practice reciprocity.
A proposal that will be studied by European leaders on Thursday and Friday.
In addition to restrictions to curb Covid-19 contamination, European countries are counting on vaccination, but dose deliveries do not follow, especially for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has also threatened the laboratory to block its exports if Europe does not receive the vaccines ordered.
A threat that strongly displeases London, which felt targeted.
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No vaccine delivered by UK factories
Indeed, to date, the two British factories of AstraZeneca have not delivered a single vaccine to the continent, contrary to what is provided for in the contract signed by Brussels.
At the same time, however, vaccine factories located in the European Union exported 10 million doses across the Channel.
So Brussels is strangling.
All the more so as the European Commission is feeling the pressure of public opinion who believe that vaccination is really going too slowly here.
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Threat of blocking exports
For a few days now, Ursula von der Leyen has been brandishing a threat: the EU could ban exports to countries that do not practice reciprocity.
"It would be counterproductive," replied the British Minister of Defense on Sunday.
Counterproductive, because the production of a vaccine always involves several countries.
So erecting walls would also harm EU citizens, he warns.
Anyway, this proposal from the President of the Commission will be on the table of the 27 European leaders on Thursday and Friday.
It is up to them to decide whether Europe takes action or not.