Coronavirus: EU and UK Try To Stop Dispute With 'Win-Win' On Vaccines
The United Kingdom and the European Union have finally decided to come together to enhance their alliance, after the tension that has brewed over Covid vaccine supplies.
During an announcement they both did together, they said wanted "to create a win-win situation and expand vaccine supply for all".
The European Commission earlier suggested stricter export supervision on vaccines, amid the disagreements overstocks of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson advised that "blockades" weren't "sensible".
Now, with the combined announcement both parties have made, they said, "openness and global co-operation" were major points to fight the pandemic killing people.
"We are all facing the same pandemic and the third wave makes co-operation between the EU and UK even more important," it said. "We will continue our discussions."
In the early hours of Wednesday, they united, announcing their plans for all vaccine shipments to be examined once they reach their destination. The suggestions, which will be set before EU authorities on Thursday, are believed to be focused on the United Kingdom and the European Union in particular.
The European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides dismissed a suggestion that the purpose was to penalize the United Kingdom.
"We're dealing with a pandemic and this is not seeking to punish any countries," she announced.
Questioned if the United Kingdom would payback, Mr. Johnson said to MPs that he did not believe "that blockades of either vaccine or medicines, of ingredients for vaccines" would be "sensible". He added that companies might conclude investments in the future, “in countries where arbitrary blockades are imposed.”
Although, Mr. Dombrovskis retained the European Union's criticism of British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. He said it “only delivered a small portion of its agreed contractual commitments.”
The commissioner added, “continued shortfalls in production are not distributed fairly across different contracting countries”, in an obvious reference to the output of AstraZeneca jabs in the UK.
Resisting the partnership was enforcing an “export ban”, EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said: “We’re dealing with a pandemic and this is not seeking to punish any countries.”
Meanwhile, Bernd Lange, the chairman of the European Parliament’s international trade committee, complained about Brussel’s viewpoint.
“The EU Commission brings out the shotgun,” he explained.
“But using the cluster munitions we may end up shooting ourselves in the foot because the supply chains for vaccine production might be affected and interrupted.”