According to a report from The Times, Britain is close to striking a vaccine deal with the European Union thus potentially removing a threat of the EU cutting off supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to the country.
Under the terms of the potential agreement, the EU will remove its threat to ban the export of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to Britain. In return, the British government will agree to forgo some long-term supplies of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine that it planned to export to Holland.
On Friday, the European Medicines Agency approved a Halix production site in the Netherlands that to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine; it has also approved a facility in Marburg, Germany for producing BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The development comes in the wake of the EU banking on vaccine sites to boost deliveries in the second quarter and accelerate the pace of inoculations within the bloc.
Neither, the British government, Pfizer-BioNTech, or AstraZeneca were immediately available for comment.