AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine cargo to Australia blocked by Italy

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Italy blocked the export of AstraZeneca PLC’s Covid-19 vaccine to Australia, in a transfer coordinated with European Union authorities, reflecting mounting frustration in Europe with slow deliveries of vaccines.

The transfer was prompted by the persisting scarcity of vaccines in Italy and the EU, delays within the provide of vaccines by AstraZeneca
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and the truth that Australia is taken into account a “nonvulnerable nation” to Covid-19 underneath EU laws, Italy’s Ministry of International Affairs stated.

The choice impacts 250,700 doses, a quantity the ministry stated was excessive in contrast with what has been delivered to date by AstraZeneca. The doses had been bottled at a manufacturing unit close to Rome that’s a part of the corporate’s provide chain. AstraZeneca has delivered round 1.5 million doses to Italy, in response to the federal government.

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Representatives for AstraZeneca declined to touch upon the choice.

The transfer by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s authorities in Rome is the primary use of a brand new EU coverage that permits controls to be imposed on the export of Covid-19 vaccines. The EU is struggling to satisfy public expectations of a large-scale vaccine rollout that might rein in Covid-19 contagion and permit the easing of onerous restrictions which have weighed on Europe’s day by day life and financial system for months.

EU authorities have come underneath criticism for a vaccine technique that guess on procuring an array of various vaccines—a few of which nonetheless aren’t authorised or obtainable—and has been sluggish as compared with regulatory and procurement efforts within the U.Ok. and U.S.

An expanded version of this story can be found at WSJ.com

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