London – According to British Health Minister Matt Hancock, the UK has received preferential treatment from the vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca. Regarding the dispute between the European Union and AstraZeneca over lower delivery volumes, Hancock told the Financial Times on Thursday: “Our contract trumps theirs. It’s called contract law and it’s clear.” The EU has a contract that Only the vaccine guarantees “best efforts” from the manufacturer, while London has determined exclusivity.
Hancock warned Brussels against imposing an export ban on vaccines. This would be a grave mistake, the conservative politician said. “I believe that free trade nations follow contract law”. Life sciences companies will relocate to the UK, not a protectionist European Union. “From Britain you can export anywhere in the world – we can never stop that”.
The European Union complains that millions of vaccine doses have been delivered from the UK in recent months, while almost nothing has gone in the opposite direction. Hancock stressed that discussions with the European Union about this were “cooperative, practice-oriented and collaborative”. The head of state and government of the European Union wants to discuss the vaccine shortage on Thursday. Astrazeneca drastically cut its distribution commitment several times and pointed out difficulties in production. Great Britain is rarely affected by it.
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