The UK Department of Health and Social Care disputes it has banned export of certain medicines incl a number used for treatment of #covid patients. Spokesman says
“Medicines that have been manufactured and intended for markets abroad are not subject to the export restrictions /1
He says:”We have restricted the exporting and hoarding medicines that have been placed on the market in the UK for UK patients to ensure the uninterrupted supply for NHS patients.” These restrictions mainly date back to March /2
The discussion about bans, alleged bans and proposed bans of medicines, equipment and especially vaccines is of course hugely sensitive. The EU has been contemplating an export ban on covid vaccines because of the current row with Astra Zeneca which has informed the EU /3
It will be unable to deliver the amount of vaccines discussed in their contract. EU figures have pointed to what they see as an indirect vaccine ban in US + U.K. keeping medicines + vaccines for themselves first. EU says Canada gets its vaccines from factories in the EU, not /4
As one EU diplomat put it to me their “English-speaking friends” in the U.K. or US .. leading the EU to wonder, he said, about imposing own restrictions. For now Brussels says no restrictions will be imposed but the row with Astra Zeneca continues /5
NB The EU has not yet approved the Astra Zeneca vaccine for use. That formal decision is expected tomorrow. If and when it is approved, Brussels demands the company honour its vaccine commitments to EU by supplying vaccines produced in U.K. as well as EU /6
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove today insisted there would be no interruption to UK vaccine supplies. Yesterday the PM said he didn’t want to see the restriction of vaccines or their ingredients across borders. EU diplomats insist there is no row with UK over vaccines but /7
Say privately the post Brexit atmosphere could be hindering cooperation between the two sides. Today the European Commission said the problem around the Astra Zeneca vaccine supply was between Brussels and the pharmaceutical company. IE not intending to involve U.K. /8

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