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Why a fresh AstraZeneca fightback is required in Covid vaccine info row | Nils Pratley

Drugmaker isn’t entirely blameless but making it a political football for EU’s failures is simply ugly

The European Union ought to be delighted. The “discovery” of a “stockpile” of 29m vaccine doses in Italy is really a non-discovery. The consignment is held at an authorised plant, available for inspection, and is merely awaiting quality signoff.

Even better from the EU’s point of view, 16m of the doses are due for delivery to the bloc – 10m next week and the rest in April. And none of the other 13m is destined for the UK. That will instead go to low-income developing countries under established Covax arrangements the EU knows about.

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