EU Blackmails Britain over Covid Vaccines
EU president Ursula von der Leye has demanded Britain hand over doses of its AstraZeneca jab or else see exports from the continent blocked, despite the fact that most of Europe has stopped using the jab.
The EU declared vaccine war on the UK today due to anger that Europe is exporting millions of doses to other countries while receiving few in return.
The European Union has threatened to impose export bans to ensure 'reciprocity'.
Von der Leye demanded that Britain begin sending AstraZeneca jabs overseas and lashed out at the drug-maker for 'under-producing and under-delivering' doses, saying it is to blame for the slow place of Europe's roll-out.
The threat was issued despite the fact that 19 countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have halted the use of AstraZeneca jabs over fears they cause blood clots, meaning around 7.5million doses are currently sitting un-used.
Von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels today: 'AstraZeneca has unfortunately under-produced and under-delivered, and this painfully, of course, reduced the speed of the vaccination campaign.'
'Where the UK is concerned, we have observed that in the last six weeks 10 million doses by now have been exported to the UK.'
'Indeed the UK is producing AstraZeneca. In our contract with AstraZeneca there are even two sites in the UK that are put in the contract for potential deliveries for the European Union.'
'We are still waiting for doses to come from the UK, so this is an invitation to show us that there are also doses from the UK coming to the European Union so that we have reciprocity.'
Von der Leyen also stated the EU has exported around 41 million vaccine doses to other countries. 'But open roads run in both directions, and this is why we need to ensure that there is reciprocity and proportionality,' she said.
'If the situation does not change, we will have to reflect on how to make exports to vaccine producing countries dependent on their level of openness,'.
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