astuteman wrote:But the threat of bans, by the way, is the last way of doing that successfully.
oh i agree, negotiation is always better than bans. But negotiation have led exactly nowhere in the last two month since AZ suddenly discovered they would fall 75% short on deliveries, by coincidence just when the EMA announced to approve the vaccine next Friday. And since then they have just piled onto that heap...
Those 29 million doses hidden in a warehouse, that would have saved thousands of lives if distributed, just pushed even the most patient people across the line. And they where literally hidden there, that is no hyperbole, they told no one about it, did not make them part of any shipping schedule, pretended reduced deliveries from India hampered their ability to deliver on time, and didn´t even apply for an export license.
Honestly, how would you react had Biontech decided to fill EU orders first, 5 Million Brits would not have gotten their vaccine, thousands more would have died, and then you´d find out 10 million shots had been sitting idle in a warehouse in Wales doing nothing while Biontech claimed production problems... ?
Given how Downing street essentially threatened to shut down the Biontech production in Europe completely if the EU even puts minor breaks on shipments, i know what they would have down: kicking down the door to liberate that vaccine.