Italy blocks export of a quarter of a million vaccines intended for Australia

The Italian Government has blocked the export of 250,000 vaccines by the company Oxford-AstraZeneca which were going to be shipped to Australia.

This vaccine was manufactured at a facility which the company has in Italy.

Italy is the first country in the EU which is using new European regulations which allow it to halt exports if a company which provides the vaccine fails to meet its obligations towards the EU.

Reports in the International media said that this decision has the support of the European Commission.

AstraZeneca is expected to provide only 40% of the vaccines it has agreed to export to European countries in the first three months of this year. The company has blamed this shortcoming on production problems.

In January, former PM Giuseppe Conte described as unacceptable the delays in the consignments of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and accused them of breaching their contracts.