Downing Street has warned Brussels to “stand by its commitments” to send jabs manufactured on the continent to the rest of the world.
Yesterday Italy announced it had blocked the shipment of 250,000 AstraZeneca jabs to Australia.
The decision was made after the approval of the European Commission.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyan had previously told Mr Johnson the EU had no intention to stop the exports of any vaccines.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said this afternoon: “We would expect the EU to continue to abide by its commitments.
“The global recovery from coronavirus relies on international collaboration.
“We are all dependant on global supply chains, putting in place restrictions endangers global efforts to fight the virus.”
More to follow…