EU stops short of coronavirus vaccine export ban – BBC News

hello and welcome to bbc news the prospect of an international clash over supply of coronavirus vaccines appears to have eased after the european union decided not to ban exports the measures had been under consideration at a summit of the bloc's leaders but after talking over video link until late on thursday evening they decided instead to back tougher controls on exports of jabs made in the eu two third countries similar measures already exist but have only been used once it seems that enough of the leaders were worried about the possible effect on global supply chains to hold back on taking that next step here's the european commission president ursula fonda lyon outlining what they agreed we have to and want to explain to our european citizens that they get their fair share and therefore the second principle is that companies have to honor their contract to the european union before they export to other regions in the world and this is of course the case with astrazeneca i think it is clear for the company that first of all the company has to catch up has to honor the contract it has with the european member states before it can engage again in exporting in exporting vaccines miss fonder line wants what she calls reciprocity on exports of vaccines and she feels the european union has been exporting far more than it's been using itself that's put pressure on european leaders whose vaccination programs have been noticeably behind some other countries what's the reality of this situation well china the usa the eu and india are the main producers of covert vaccines between them they've produced around 470 million doses with six different vaccines in use the uk russia switzerland and south korea trail behind the top four producers the united states is the only one of the top four vaccine producers not to have exported any doses more than half of vaccines produced in china and india do head to other countries and for the eu it's about a third so where are the doses being produced in the european union being sent from the beginning of february to the middle of march the eu exported 41 million doses of covert vaccines to 33 different countries the uk the fifth biggest producer of vaccines received 9 million doses from the eu canada was the next biggest importer with 4 million received from europe mexico not far behind with three million doses well i'm joined now by swedish politician jitter jutterland who's a member of the european parliament uh joins us from brussels thank you very much for being with us here on bbc news do you think we are going to reach a point where there are export blocks of vaccines i think we need to do everything to avoid that actually we are very interlinked in this pandemic we are in this together and we are also when it comes to the vaccine supply very interlinked between the countries so it would hurt us all if we get to that from what i've i've seen you saying one of your key concerns seems to be transparency about what is being produced and where it's going i think that's really important the transparency part because that's the way also we can put political pressure on different countries to act reasonable in all this because it's actually not reasonable from the uk not to help out here more when we know how much the eu is exporting in vaccine doses to the uk i believe it should be very reasonable that the same courtesy should be back and that's why transparency is so important so we know the figures so we know who gives to who and so we avoid the export ban so is it your feeling that in this the uk is behaving badly to be blunt i mean we we don't need to uh to use uh hard words but uh we need to make it very clear that the eu is one of the biggest exporters when it comes to vaccine in the world and since december i believe it's 21 million doses of vaccine that has been exported to uk from the eu and when we are in the situation now signed the contract with astra seneca and when we see that they are not delivering um as fair as they should uh to the citizens of the the eu then of course that's the problem i think i'm going to say that as a very polite way of saying uh yes but the last question i want to ask you is because astrazeneca is anglo swedish uh there's a what two and a half thousand employees uh in sweden uh is it a vaccine that is trusted by the swedish public i would say it's trusted by the public i i think most people see that the value of getting a vaccine that is tested that is the investigation has been there to prove it's safe uh i believe that the swedish people see the value of that and how many lives that can be saved but that said there is also rightly so many people who are angry with how astra seneca behave when it comes to the contract with the eu jesus judd thank you so much for your time

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