Sumary of EU denies blocking 3.1m AZ shots for Aust:
- AAP Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link The European Union has denied blocking shipments of 3.1 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine from going to Australia..
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison has blamed vaccine supply issues for the failure to meet his government’s jab targets..
- The target was missed because of supply issues resulting from three million doses being blocked from leaving Europe for Australia, Mr Morrison said..
- But a European Commission spokesman said the only export request rejected out of nearly 500 received has been so far a shipment of 250,000 doses to Australia in March, which was well known..
- A European Commission spokeswoman told Reuters that while the bloc had rejected only one of 491 COVID-19 vaccine export requests since it enhanced export transparency in late January, seven requests were currently being reviewed – and therefore shipments were on hold until a decision was made..
- From January 30 to March 24, the EU exported one million doses to Australia, the commission said in a press release..
- The EU has repeatedly said AstraZeneca may not be allowed to export from the EU until it fulfils its contractual obligations towards the bloc – a position that has led the company to refrain from submitting some export requests..
- Mr Morrison previously said any hold up of vaccine imports would not impact Australia’s plan and is standing by his government’s rollout strategy….