World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 22 Mar, 2021 23:30 am

European vaccine crisis worsens with EU set to vote on export ban

European vaccine crisis worsens with EU set to vote on export ban
Nothing is more disgusting than the sight of Johnson and Von der Leyen competing for the moral high ground. Both are implementing trade war policies.

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told Germany’s Funke media group, “We have the option of banning a planned export… That’s the message to AstraZeneca: you must fulfil your contract with Europe first before you start delivering to other countries.” According to reports von der Leyen could invoke emergency powers, including seizing factories and waiving patent rights to boost vaccine supplies to the EU.Von der Leyen stressed that this is despite Brussels sending 10 million doses of vaccine from the EU to the UK—part of at least 41 million doses of coronavirus vaccines exported from the EU to 33 countries since February 1.” Nothing is more disgusting than the sight of Johnson and von der Leyen competing for the moral high ground.

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government warned that although 50 percent of Britain’s population had received at least one vaccine dose, supply problems had emerged that would soon slow down the vaccination programme.Last week, he spoke to Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

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