Italy Blocks Export of AstraZeneca Doses to Australia

Brussels, March 4 (AFP/APP): Italy has blocked a shipment to Australia of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine in the first such export ban under an EU vaccine monitoring scheme, an EU source told AFP on Thursday.

Rome’s order blocking the dispatch of 250,000 doses produced at an AstraZeneca plant in Italy was accepted by the European Commission, which has fiercely criticised the Anglo-Swedish company this year for supplying just a fraction of the doses it had promised to deliver to the bloc.

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