EU approves COVID-19 vaccine export to UK, US, Japan, China, Gulf countries

FILE PHOTO: The word “COVID-19” is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission has so far approved all requests for the export of COVID-19 vaccines, including to Britain, the United States and Japan, since it set up on Jan. 30 a mechanism to monitor vaccine trade, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The EU granted in total 37 authorizations for vaccine exports to 21 countries between Jan. 30 and Feb. 10, the spokeswoman said, without giving precise figures on the number of shots being exported from factories in the EU.

A second EU official said exports since the end of January concerned only vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

The countries that received COVID-19 vaccines produced in the EU since Jan. 30 are: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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