Vaccine Export Ban Will Be "Counter-Productive", UK Warns European Union

Vaccine Export Ban Will Be

Ruud Dobber, executive vice president of the BioPharmaceuticals business, also said the USA authorities are "very excited" by its interim analysis of data from its US clinical trial, which shows the vaccine is 79% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19.

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine developed with Oxford University was 79 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic illness in a large trial in Chile, Peru and the United States, the company says, paving the way for it to apply for U.S. approval.

The recent ramping up of the vaccine row comes as the European Union struggles to speed up its sluggish COVID-19 inoculation campaign while battling a surge in infection rates.

Polling by YouGov this week found that trust in the Astrazeneca vaccine has collapsed in mainland Europe following interventions by European leaders questioning its effectiveness and safety.

However, a total of 61% of people in France now believe AstraZeneca's vaccine is unsafe, up 18 points from February according to the YouGov poll.

"It is counterproductive because the one thing we know about vaccine production and manufacture is that it is collaborative".

"But for that disinformation to threaten the lives of people in Britain is a seriously hostile act, the sort of which we would usually only expect from an enemy state".

A senior official told Bloomberg news agency that any vaccines produced in factories in Europe "will for now be reserved for local deliveries", the Independent reported.

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His comments follow European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen again threatening Saturday to impose an export ban on the AstraZeneca vaccine unless the company delivers more of the 90 million doses it agreed to supply in the first quarter of 2021.

The row comes amid months of mounting tensions between Brussels and London over the supply of AstraZeneca vaccines.

'We have the option of banning a planned export.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme this morning, United Kingdom health minister Helen Whately said that what's coming out now is "some speculation, some conjecture and an element of rhetoric".

"This is a message to AstraZeneca: You fulfil your part of the deal toward Europe before you start to deliver to other countries", von der Leyen said in an interview with German media group Funke. But most COVID vaccine doses continue to be administered in wealthy nations.

Appearing on several political talk shows, Wallace said trying to "balkanise or build walls" around vaccine production would damage both British and European citizens.

However, its usage has been overshadowed by several problems, including a slow start, recurring delivery problems and a temporary ban for several days earlier this week in numerous bloc's member countries after reports of blood clots in some recipients of the vaccine.

AstraZeneca said an independent safety committee conducted a specific review of the blood clots in the USA trial, as well as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), which is an extremely rare blood clot in the brain, with the help of an independent neurologist.

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