Rome said it had submitted a request to stop the shipment of vaccines exported to Australia, which consists of more than 250,000 doses, and that the European Union has not objected.
Newspaper reported “The New York Times” The US government said that Italy prevented a shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from transporting it to Australia on Thursday, which led to the implementation of the European Union’s threats to tighten the screws on vaccine exports and escalate the global tug of war over them.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said it had submitted a request to stop the shipment, which consists of more than 250,000 doses, and that the European Union has not objected.
This is the first time that a European Union member state has used new legal regulations to stop vaccine exports.
A ministry spokesman said Italy had submitted the request because Australia was classified as a “not at risk” country while Europe was suffering from a vaccine shortage and shipping delays.
Under the new European Union regulations, any export of vaccine doses manufactured within the Union can be stopped unless the manufacturer first fulfills supply obligations to member states.
In other developments related to the Corona epidemic, the European Union’s Medicines Control Authority announced that it had begun a renewed review of the Russian developed “Sputnik 5” vaccine, after Hungary allowed its use and the Czech Republic announced that it would do the same.
The European Union has also granted a region in Austria 100,000 additional doses of vaccine to anyone over the age of 16 in an effort to stem an increase driven by the new strain of the virus, the type that was first identified in South Africa.
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