In the EU, the vaccine campaign is making slow progress compared to other parts of the world – this is because vaccine quantities are still being exported. Others did not do it, which is why they are now threatened by conditions.
EU Commission President Ursula van der Leyen has threatened stricter regulations on the export of corona vaccines. As Van der Leyen announced in Brussels on Wednesday, it could affect countries that have not expelled a single vaccine or have already vaccinated more people than the European Union.
Mostly the United States and Great Britain. Both countries do not export practically any vaccine. According to the Commission, at least 41 million corona vaccines have been exported from the EU to 33 countries since February 1, although there is a shortage of vaccines in the EU itself and vaccines are slowly advancing. Of these, at least nine million cans went to the UK and one million to the United States.
Van der Leyne demands justice
“Openness is not a one-way street,” said Van der Leyen. When exporting, you need to focus on reciprocity and proportion. “I want to be very clear here: if this situation does not change, we will think about exporting to vaccine-producing countries, which depend on the degree of open exposure,” the commission chairman said. “We will also consider the export ratio for countries with higher vaccination rates than us.” There is currently no “reciprocity” with Great Britain in particular.
That is the question of justice. “We are ready to use any tools to do that,” he added. After all, Europe is in the throes of a century. All options are in the table. He wants to put his plans for discussion at the EU summit next week.
Export restrictions are politically important for the EU. This is because it is desirable for pharmaceutical companies to manufacture in Europe and set up new locations here. It is recognized that companies have distribution obligations to other countries. So far, the EU Commission has insisted that exports will not be suspended until agreements with the EU are complied with. But political pressure is mounting here due to the shortage of vaccines. Some European politicians are campaigning for a complete ban on exports.