BREAKING—Germany 🇩🇪 has now formally demanded that EU block all export of #COVID19 vaccines produced within the EU.
3) EU is pissed... extremely pissed at AstraZeneca for reneging on contracts to delivery vaccines. This is EU’s health commissioner....
4) “German Health Minister Jens Spahn backed her call, saying: "This is not about EU first, this is about Europe's fair share." Angela Merkel told the virtual version of annual World Economic Forum, usually held in Davos, there should be a "fair distribution" across the world.
5) “European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen earlier told forum: "Europe invested billions to help develop the world's first Covid-19 vaccines. And now, the companies must deliver. They must honour their obligations."
6) The row could affect supplies to the UK of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
UK's Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment said on Tuesday that supplies were "tight" and warned against "the dead end of vaccine nationalism", adding: "No-one is safe until the whole world is safe."
7) this is real.
8) meanwhile... America just secured 100 million more vaccine doses by invoking Defense Production Act this week (including the lipid nanoparticles to make the mRNA vaccine).
9) US contracts meanwhile... sanofi’s own vaccine is delayed. But they indicated they might switch to producing Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
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