EU Nations Split Over Need to Renew Vaccine Export Controls

Sept. 16, 2021, 12:24 PM

Several European Union governments are pushing back against a proposal by the bloc’s executive arm to extend controls on vaccine exports, according to people familiar with the matter.

The European Commission is intent on renewing the Covid-era mechanism that allows it to track where vaccines are exported to and to block shipments under certain circumstances, the people said.

But at a meeting of EU ambassadors on Wednesday, several diplomats said they no longer saw the need for export controls now that the EU has sufficient vaccine capacity to meet its vaccine demand. Envoys from a handful of nations ...

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