The digital EU summit has seen the leaders again “world worth chains” fairly than assist Brussels in utilizing new powers to dam Covid jab exports to extremely vaccinated international locations, writes the Guardian’s correspondent in Brussels, Daniel Boffey.
The fee elevated its scope on Wednesday for blocking exports to international locations with a greater document than the EU in vaccinating its inhabitants, or people who limit exports via regulation or of their contracts with suppliers.
The EU regulation, in pressure since January, beforehand solely took under consideration whether or not a provider was fulfilling its contract with the EU.
In an try to garner specific assist for the transfer, the fee president, Ursula Von der Leyen, disclosed to the leaders that 77m doses made by producers within the EU had been shipped to 33 international locations since 1 December.
Of these, 21m went to the UK, of which simply over 1 million had been from AstraZeneca, with the remaining provided by Pfizer. “Whereas remaining open, the EU wants to make sure Europeans get a justifiable share of vaccines,” she had tweeted.
However in a post-summit assertion, the leaders failed to supply their assist for the fee’s resolution to take new powers permitting it to probably block exports to international locations with excessive vaccination charges or the place governments blocked shipments via regulation or their contracts with suppliers: “We underline the significance of transparency in addition to of using export authorisations,” the joint assertion mentioned. “We recognise the significance of worldwide worth chains and reaffirm that corporations should guarantee predictability of their vaccine manufacturing and respect contractual supply deadlines.”
There was additionally some anger in direction of the UK from the French president, Emanuel Macron, on the post-summit press convention; “Each day, after I learn the press throughout the Channel, they make a case in opposition to us saying that it’s the EU that’s being egocentric. That is false!” he mentioned.
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