The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen has warned that more vaccine supplies could be stopped from leaving the EU.
This comes after Italy blocked 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from leaving to Australia last week, to which von der Leyen warned that was “not a one off.”
Italy used a controversial export control mechanism to stop vaccines doses being exported amid a shortage of jabs across the bloc which are urgently needed.
Von der Leyen defended Italy’s move and and criticised AstraZeneca as she said less than 10% of the volumes that the EU ordered in December to March have been delivered.
AstraZeneca have been accused by the European Commission of failing to fulfill their delivery schedule to the bloc as the UK have received their full doses.
If a company wants to export outside the EU then under the export control mechanism scheme, they have to apply for permission to the national government.