European Union Leaders to discuss means of boosting Covid vaccine supplies

European Union leaders will today hold virtual talks to discuss ways of boosting Covid vaccine supplies and improving the rollout of doses across the 27-nation bloc.

The European Commission wants the European Union leaders to support plans for added controls on vaccine exports, which aim at boosting supplies within Europe.

The European Commission blames pharmaceutical companies such as the Oxford-AstraZeneca for not delivering the promised doses to the EU.

However the leaders are divided over proposals for new restrictions on the vaccine exports out of the bloc.

The virtual summit comes as a third wave of coronavirus infections sweeps across much of mainland Europe.

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen complained that the EU had exported more than 10 million doses to the UK, but the UK had so far exported none in return.

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