Von der Leyen takes swipe at UK over ‘transparency’ in vaccines row

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has taken a swipe at the UK over “transparency” on vaccine exports, casting fresh doubt on hopes for a resolution to the ongoing dispute between London and Brussels over jabs.

Europe’s top official said she had not seen any evidence that any British-made vaccines had been exported, despite EU-made doses going to into the UK.

The tone was in contrast to an earlier joint statement that said Britain and the EU were hoping for a “win-win” to end tensions.

Speaking after an online summit of EU leaders, Ms Von der Leyen said AstraZeneca “has to catch up, has to honour the contract it has with the European member states, before it can engage again in exporting vaccines”.

She added: “We have worldwide supply chains that have to be intact and it is of the utmost importance that we get back to an attitude of openness.”

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