WTO DG “disappointed” in EU vaccine export restrictions

THE director-general of the World Trade Organization has expressed her disappointment in the European Union’s export authorisation scheme for COVID-19 vaccines, saying that she was talking to them about this measure.

“While we understand the politics of what they are doing – I have said openly I am disappointed, particularly in the fact that they extended it from March,” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at a WTO online event, saying export restrictions must be temporary.

Under the scheme, which is to be extended through June, companies must get an authorisation before exporting COVID-19 shots, and may have export requests denied if they do not respect their supply commitments with the EU.

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