Italy blocks Australian shipment of 250,000 AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine doses

Italy states that the first such export ban under the EU vaccine surveillance scheme blocked the shipment of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Australia.

The Italian order to prevent more than 250,000 doses has been accepted by the European Commission. The European Commission has vehemently criticized the British-Swedish company this year for supplying only a small portion of the vaccine dose it promised to provide to Brock.

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that shipments were suspended due to “continuing shortages of vaccines in the EU and Italy, delaying supply from AstraZeneca to the EU and Italy.”

Also, Australia was not considered a “vulnerable” country in the pandemic context and was blocked because it required a “high dose”.

The ministry said AstraZeneca requested an export license on February 24, and Italy forwarded the request to the European Commission two days later, proposing a denial.

EU executives agreed, and the Italian government, which promised that new Prime Minister Mario Draghi would step up the country’s vaccination efforts, notified AstraZeneca of the decision on March 2.

The ministry said Italy had previously allowed exports of AstraZeneca vaccine samples, but “for scientific research purposes … in moderation.”

The dosage is from an Italian factory operated by AstraZeneca to produce some of the vaccines, of the three approved for use in the EU alongside the BioNTech-Pfizer and Moderna versions. It is one.

Under the Commission’s “Transparency and Authorization Mechanism”, EU Member States will scrutinize planned exports from the block of approved COVID-19 vaccines.

The plan will start on January 30th and will run at least until the end of March.

This period addresses the sharp shortage of deliveries in the first three months of the year, which the EU expected to begin deploying vaccines.

Most shortfalls are due to AstraZeneca’s commitment to “best reasonable efforts” to provide approximately 100 million doses during that period, which we currently plan to supply 40% of.

At the same time, the UK-based company is fully supplying the former EU member state UK with the doses of the world’s leading vaccination program.

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