Canada receives assurances from EU regarding vaccine exports

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The federal government said it has received assurances from the European Union that Canada’s coming vaccine shipments will not be held back, despite the EU’s new export controls.

Both Procurement Minister Anita Anand and Export Promotion and International Trade Minister Mary Ng said on Friday that they’ve received confirmation that the doses Canada is due, will be delivered.

Minister Ng spoke with Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President, and European Union Commissioner for Trade, about the EU’s vaccine exports to Canada.

She welcomed the close collaboration with the EU on the continued supply of contracted deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Canada and underscored the importance that this continues in light of the EU’s recent announcement regarding amendments to their mechanism on vaccine exports.

Dombrovskis reiterated that the EU’s measures are focused on ensuring transparency and a balanced approach to vaccination roll-out, and are not meant to target Canada. They emphasized the importance of ensuring access to life-saving vaccines as rapidly as possible for people in Canada, the European Union, and around the world.

The two officials discussed WTO reform and Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)’s Joint Committee to oversee progress on CETA’s implementation. They both acknowledged that amid the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic; CETA continues to deliver results and further strengthens Canada and the EU’s long-standing trade relationship.

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