At the end of last week, the European Commission set out a plan to control Covid-19 vaccine exports from the EU, including requiring vaccine makers holding contracts with the bloc to have authorisation to export. The Commission cites a “lack of transparency” of vaccine exports from the EU as the reason for the measures, which came into effect on January 30 and will apply until the end of March. The new export control regime mandates information disclosure by Covid-19 vaccine producers that have advanced purchased agreements with the EU and are planning to export their goods. Initially, the EU had planned to go one step further: it intended to implement a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to halt vaccine supplies leaving the bloc and entering the UK via this route. But it made a swift u-turn on this decision after pressure from both sides of the Irish border and the rest of the UK. The latest version of the implementation document appears to reference the EU’s dispute with British-Swedish vaccine maker AstraZeneca over a shortfall in vaccine supplies. “Despite the fact that financial support has been given to increase production, certain vaccine manufacturers have already… continue reading
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