The Prime Minister, speaking at a press conference in Downing Street on Tuesday, said he expected the EU to “honor all contracts” for the supply of vaccines to the UK.
“We fully expect this to happen and we continue to work with friends and partners in the EU and indeed around the world,” Mr Johnson said.
“Because the delivery of the vaccine was a multinational effort, the creation of the vaccine was a multinational effort and the delivery of the vaccine is also multinational, because the virus knows no borders. ”
On Monday, EU Commissioner Stella Kyriakides warned that the bloc would “take all necessary steps to protect its citizens and rights” amid a dispute over the supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is mainly produced in the UK.
The British company recently told the EU that the initial number of doses it could deliver to the block would be lower than initially thought, due to manufacturing issues.
Ms Kyriakides criticized the situation as “unacceptable” and, furthermore, warned that “clarity” and “full transparency” on the export of vaccines from the EU would be required.
She said all companies producing COVID vaccines in the EU should now provide “early notification” when exporting to third countries.
This has raised fears of restrictions on the supply of the Pfizer vaccine, which is produced in Belgium, to Britain.
The Pfizer vaccine was the first to be used in the UK and the government has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine.
Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference, Mr Johnson said he was aware of Ms Kyriakides’ comments, but stressed he had ‘complete confidence’ in the UK vaccine supply.
He added: “The creation of these vaccines has been a wonderful example of multinational cooperation.
“One of the lessons the world must learn from the pandemic is the need to cooperate and make sure that we act together, and we understand how to fight these pandemics together.
“So I don’t want to see restrictions on the supply of PPE across borders, I don’t want to see restrictions on the supply of medicines across borders, and I don’t want to see restrictions on vaccines or their drugs. ingredients across borders. .
“I think that is enough common sense and I am sure it would also be widely supported across the EU. ”
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Earlier on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged countries “to collaborate” on vaccine deployment and said “protectionism is not the right approach in the midst of a pandemic”.
“I am sure we can work with the EU to ensure that while transparency is welcome, no blockers are put in place
place, ”he said at an event hosted by Chatham House.
“I have no doubts about the vaccine supply in the UK. I have no doubts that this will not be interrupted. ”
Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, told MPs that ‘of course there is a shortage of supply’ of coronavirus vaccines.
“If there were unlimited vaccines you wouldn’t see what the European Commission was saying yesterday, you wouldn’t see Italy trying to sue one of the manufacturers, you wouldn’t see Germany in turmoil like it did. ‘is today, ”he said. the House of Commons health committee.
“Of course there is a shortage of supply, and we have been very successful in this country to get the supply that we have, the question is how best to use it. ”