EU to require advance registration of COVID-19 vaccine exports


FILE PHOTO: European Council President Charles Michel chairs a video conference of the members of the European Council on COVID-19 in Brussels, Belgium January 21, 2021. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will require pharmaceutical companies producing COVID-19 vaccines inside the bloc to register in advance any exports of doses to third countries, an EU official said on Monday.

The move comes after AstraZeneca on Friday unexpectedly announced a large cut in supplies of vaccines to the bloc for the first quarter of the year.

The executive European Commission would create a transparency register for vaccine exports outside the bloc, the official told Reuters, adding that the new rule was due to enter into force in the coming days.

"Export licences for humanitarian purposes will be regularly issued," the official said.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by John Chalmers)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In World

Labour rights issue at forefront of Spain’s gig economy with potential regulation
Hungary's ruling Fidesz says it's leaving largest EU parliamentary group
Musk floats ‘Starbase’ name change for Texas launch town
Ethiopia frees workers with foreign media detained in Tigray, official says
Elephants or avocados: a Kenyan dilemma
Spain's gig economy poses labour rights conundrum as regulation eyed
Air-taxi startup Volocopter boosts funds in race to get flying
France tells Chad to open probe after deaths at opposition figure's home
Pope says he must go to Iraq because people cannot be let down
Turkey has stopped insulting us, but action still needed, France says

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers