EU tells Italy ‘someone has to come first’ as it supports war on vaccine nationalism

ROME: a few later Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi has launched a of vaccine nationalism by blocking the export of manufactured vaccines to the eurozone, with several other European countries threatening to do the same.

Speaking on French television channel BFM on Friday morning, French Health Minister Olivier Véran applauded Italy’s decision to keep vaccines made in Europe at home and was threatened. “We could do the same,” he said. “The more doses France has, the happier I will be as Minister of Health. France has the right to meet with its European neighbors to ensure that laboratories respect their commitments and contracts. It sounds like common sense to me.

A spokesperson for Spain’s health ministry, which has several facilities to the global vaccine supply chain, also suggested on Friday looking into the destination of vaccines produced in that .

Europe is the world’s largest producer of vaccine components, and the three main COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) currently in use depend on companies to fill vials and distribute vaccines both in the euro area and outside, mainly in Canada. , Japan, Australia, UK and US Facilities in Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands are all links in the global supply chain and could all block exports under regulations put in place in the EU on January 30.

Italy’s first tactical move to deny a request to export 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca produced in Italy en route to Australia marks a new frontline in a vaccine war pitting big pharmaceutical companies against state-run health systems. The European Commission has approved the blockade, signaling that it will do so if other countries follow suit to keep more hits in Europe. A source in Draghi’s government told the Daily Beast that Italy has received assurances that the European Commission will support Italy. “Someone had to go first,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But Italy will not be the only to protect its citizens in this way.”

According to a reading of a Appeal with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Draghi justified his actions, saying he “hoped to suffocate pharmaceutical companies” to pressure them to meet their EU delivery commitments vaccines.

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