While Astrazeneca cannot meet the promised delivery quantities in the EU, there should be no delays in the UK. This caused an open dispute – the British now want to cooperate.
British Minister of State Michael Gove has pledged to cooperate with the European Union on its difficulties with the supply of vaccines. The priority for London is to vaccinate its own population, the minister first made clear and then continued: “We also want to work with our friends and neighbors in the European Union to help them too.”
The background to this is the dispute between the EU Commission and the British-Swedish vaccine manufacturer Astrazeneca about its delivery problems. The company had justified delays because there were problems at plants in the Netherlands and Belgium. Production for Great Britain but remain unaffected because London had assured itself that production in its own country should initially only benefit its own vaccination program, said Astrazeneca managing director Pascal Soriot.
This also caused outrage because the British had been receiving vaccine for months Pfizer and Biontech obtained from European manufacture. The I had then introduced a control mechanism for the export of the preparations.
Irritations across the inner Irish border
That caused irritation Brussels considered triggering an emergency mechanism from the Brexit agreement in a document published on Friday evening. This should also control exports from EU member states Ireland to the British provinces Northern Ireland be made possible. But the move met with heavy criticism – not only from London and Belfast, but also from Dublin. For years, the negotiators in the Brexit talks had wrestled about how controls on the inner-Irish border could be avoided in order not to endanger the fragile peace in the former civil war region. Hours later, Brussels gave in.
The EU realized that it had made a mistake in triggering the emergency mechanism from the Brexit agreement, Gove said on Saturday. It now needs a restart in the relationship.