While the economic bloc prevents the departure of Oxford immunizers produced in its territory, the Australian government has stopped receiving 3.1 million doses promised by AstraZeneca
The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrinson, blamed the European Union due to the delay in the vaccination against Covid-19 in the country. To explain why the Australian government received only 700,000 of the 3.8 million doses ordered by the Swedish-British pharmaceutical AstraZeneca, the head of government mentioned on Wednesday, 7, the “strict export controls” imposed by the economic bloc. According to him, this would be at least part of the reason why Australia failed to meet its goal of inoculating 4 million doses by the end of March: so far, only 920,000 have been applied. However, Morrinson was keen to avoid direct friction with the European Union. “A total of 3.1 million vaccines did not reach Australia. There is no discussion, conflict, dispute or confrontation. It is a simple observation ”, he stressed in the sequence.
Since March 26, the European Union has been blocking the export of all doses of Oxford vaccine that are being manufactured in any of its 27 member countries. The measure will remain in effect until the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which is using 52 factories within the economic bloc to produce the immunizers, returns to fulfill its contract with the European Union. So far, the company has delivered to member countries only 30 million of the 90 million doses that had been promised for the first quarter of 2021. In addition, AstraZeneca has already warned that, in the second quarter, it will supply only 70 million, instead of the 180 million initially foreseen in the sales contract. This blockage in exports, however, is causing delays in deliveries promised by the pharmaceutical company to other countries, such as Australia.