This is a fact that should not help heat up relations between the UK and the European Union over the issue of vaccination. Since the start of December, about 21 million doses of the Covid 19 vaccine produced in Europe have been sent to the British, or two-thirds of the doses administered in the country, according to European figures released on Thursday. In total, between December 1, 2020 and March 25, 2021, the European Union released a total of 77 million doses to 33 countries – not counting its contributions to the international Covax initiative for the benefit of underprivileged countries, which was announced in a tweet from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Of that total, 21 million doses were sent to the UK, a large chunk of the 31 million doses London says it has so far provided in the country, according to a European source. On the contrary, the European Union did not, in return, receive any dose produced on British soil. Keen to speed up vaccination campaigns in the face of the third wave of the epidemic, Brussels decided on Wednesday to tighten conditions for exporting doses to countries that themselves produce vaccines against COVID or whose populations have already been largely immunized, in the name of “exchange”. As part of the control mechanism established at the end of January, 380 export permits were issued between February 1 and March 24, in exchange for 43 million doses to 33 countries, (…)
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