Norther Ireland — EU Restricts Coronavirus Vaccine

  • Northern Ireland was denied the Coronavirus vaccine.
  • The UK Demanded immediate explanation.
  • The Northern Ireland could look into signing a contract with Russia to get the vaccine.

The European Union has applied a special article of the annex to the Brexit treaty to impose restrictions on the supply of coronavirus vaccines from the EU-member Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom Causing a sharp reaction in the UK.

Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak diplomat and politician serving as Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations since 2019, and previously from 2010 to 2014. He has been member of the European Commission since 2009

The decision of the European Commission, which was announced on Friday where they said that they are considering steps to be taken in response to the actions of Brussels.

The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU.

Furthermore, the European Commission published documentation  that the introduction of the restrictions on the export of the vaccines “is justified as a precautionary measure in accordance with article 16 of the said protocol pertaining the Northern Ireland in order to avoid serious social problems associated with a shortage of necessary volumes of the drugs, which threatens the organized implementation of the vaccination program in the member States of the community.”

The Article 16  allows both London and Brussels to unilaterally take the measures necessary to avoid serious negative consequences for the economy, society or the environment that may cause the special status of Northern Ireland, which guarantees it the Brexit agreement.

After the UK leaves the EU, the protocol continues to guarantee the transparency of the state border on the island of Ireland, the absence of export restrictions and customs checks.

Because of this, the EU fears that through Northern Ireland to the UK may be established supplies of vaccines, the export of which Brussels decided to limit due to problems with the supply of drugs.

However, it would be interesting of the UK will change gears and will renew an interest in the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. The Sputnik V is being used in many countries and this week Iran joined the list of nations by signing an agreement with Russia for the purchase and production of the vaccine.

Furthermore, the UK had a response and immediately contacted the  Deputy President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, expressing UK concern about the actions of Brussels and stressing that the UK is considering further steps to be taken in response to the actions of Brussels.

The Sputnik V Russian Coronavirus Vaccine.

“The British government demands an urgent explanation from the European Commission about the statements made today by the European Union, as well as assurances about its intentions,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson later said.

Moreover, Northern Ireland believes that the act is hostile. “By invoking Article 16 in this way, the European Union has once again demonstrated that it is ready to use Northern Ireland when it is in its interests to do so.

It was done  in the most disgusting way – on the subject of delivering vaccines that are designed to save lives. At the earliest opportunity, the EU has erected a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland because of the supply channel for the coronavirus vaccine,” Foster said.

The Northern Ireland Unionist Party, which is led by Foster, has traditionally favored closer ties with London. Foster called on the British government to intervene in the matter.

Overall, the shortage of the vaccines around the globe will continue to have tensions. Nevertheless, the question ponders, why the West is not purchasing the Russian made vaccines? At present, all vaccines are on the equal footing, as none of the vaccines passed the Stage 3 testing due to the time constraint. All Coronavirus vaccines on the market were approved under the emergency measures.

Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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