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French President Emmanuel Macron said he is in support of stricter export controls on drug companies that fail to meet their contractual commitments with the European Union.
“I support export control mechanisms put in place by the European Commission. I support the fact that we must block all exports for as long as some drug companies don’t respect their commitments with Europeans.”
Macron said the EU had been late in ramping up vaccine production and inoculations and had exported a big part of its production instead of keeping it for itself.
“It’s the end of naivety,” Macron told reporters after a virtual EU summit.
Earlier, EU leaders voiced frustration over a massive shortfall in contracted deliveries of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
“We have to and want to explain to our European citizens that they get their fair share,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference after a video-conference summit of the European Union’s leaders.
“The company has to catch up, has to honour the contract it has with the European member states, before it can engage again in exporting vaccines,” she said.
Of 300 million doses due to be delivered to EU countries by the end of June, AstraZeneca aims to deliver only 100 million.
Source: Newsday and Agencies
The EU has exported 77 million doses of vaccines to 33 countries since 1 December 2020.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) March 25, 2021
In addition, as a lead donor to COVAX, it has contributed to exports to low & middle income countries.
While remaining open, the EU needs to ensure Europeans get a fair share of vaccines. pic.twitter.com/9TbTxAuFxk