On January 29, 2021, the European Union (EU) confirmed that it is implementing a measure requiring exports of COVID-19 vaccines to be subject to an authorization by Member States.
This measure is effective immediately and will run until end of March 2021.
These export control measures come amid a dispute about delivery shortfalls with major vaccine suppliers. The EU has issued a press release detailing the reasoning for the decision.
"The protection and safety of our citizens is a priority and the challenges we now face left us with no choice but to act," the European Commission said.
The full press release may be found here: