‘Is VDL under pressure from Germany?!’ Macron aide grilled on ‘political’ AZ decision

AstraZeneca: EU health expert quizzed on 'political' decision

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European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has threatened to block the export of coronavirus vaccines to the UK amid an ongoing row over the supply of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab. She criticised the British-Swedish firm on Wednesday for having “underproduced and underdelivered” to the bloc. But French President Macron’s aide, Véronique Trillet-Lenoir MEP, was questioned whether the EU boss is “under pressure from Germany”.

Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei asked: “Is this all very political and does Ursula von der Leyen, as a German politician and member of Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU, is she now under pressure?

“Especially after the results of the regional elections on Sunday that she has to come out and take the gloves off.

“Is that what this is? Is it political?”

Ms Trillet-Lenoir replied: “I wouldn’t say so. I would say it’s a complicated explanation.

“The reason is much more simple.

“We have a commitment with many firms. One of them does not fulfill its commitments.

“It is not a question of date, it’s a question of volume and quantity of what is promised.

“The European Union is a high exporter. It has exported 10 million doses to the UK.

“We are asking for the production sites in the UK to be able to deliver what has been promised.”

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