Vaccine Fight Between EU and U.K. Threatens to Escalate

A battle involving the European Union and the U.K. around vaccine materials is demonstrating how securing national access to doses can create conflict among the U.S. allies and underlining the vulnerability of productive Covid-19 vaccine rollouts to the breakdown of worldwide source chains.

Tensions have been mounting for months involving the EU, exactly where governments have stumbled in their vaccine campaigns, and the U.K., which remaining the bloc last calendar year. The U.K. has shipped at minimum one particular shot of Covid-19 vaccine to far more than 40% of its population in one particular of the world’s speediest inoculation rollouts.

This week, senior EU and U.K. officers are in talks to check out to protect against a further escalation of a fight over vaccine materials from a Dutch manufacturing unit that officers say could rapidly acquire into mutual bans on exports of vaccines and vaccine materials involving the two sides.

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