Italy seizes 2.5 lakh vaccines bound for Australia

Italy has intercepted a shipment of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine bound for Australia. The vaccine in that consignment was produced in a factory in Italy. They blocked two and a half million doses produced in Italian factories en route to Australia. Australia, however, said the non-arrival of a consignment would not have a major impact on its vaccination program.

Exports of vaccines produced in the region have been banned if companies fail to supply them under an agreement signed with the European Union (EU). Italy was the first European country to take such a step. The British media BBC reported this news. The European Commission has said it supports Italy’s move.

In January, then-Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called delays in delivering the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines unacceptable. He also accused the two companies of violating the agreement.

The EU has come under fire for its slow pace of coronavirus vaccine use. The blockchain vaccination program was adopted last June. The European Commission is buying vaccines for member states.

Neither the EU nor AstraZeneca has commented on Italy’s blocking of the Australian vaccine shipment.

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