German health minister calls for coronavirus vaccine exports to be authorized by EU

The export of coronavirus vaccines should be authorized at the EU level before leaving the bloc, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Monday.

“As the EU, we must be able to know whether and which vaccines are being exported from the EU,” said Spahn in a statement. “This is the only way we can understand whether our EU contracts with manufacturers are being served fairly.” 

The EU will be taking up the call for registration of exports, according to Reuters, quoting an official who stated that a transparency register would be created and come into force in the coming days.

Spahn’s comments come as the Commission seeks answers on announced reductions of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine deliveries to the EU. Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has asked AstraZeneca to clarify why deliveries of the vaccine are expected to be lower than anticipated. 

MEP Peter Liese of the EPP said on Monday that the shortage problem “will only be at the cost of EU,” pointing to other markets, such as the U.K., that aren’t announcing shortages in deliveries.

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