Dominic Raab summons EU diplomat over Covid vaccine export row

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has written to the EU to address claims by the President of the European Union Council that the country has banned exports of Covid-19 vaccines.

Previously, the prime minister told the House of Commons on Tuesday that the UK government has not blocked “the export of a single COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine components” after Charles Michel made claims that Britain had “imposed an outright ban on the export of vaccines”.

Meanwhile, a European Commission spokesman told The Guardian on Wednesday that the bloc acknowledged that such a ban does not exist but declined to comment further about Mr Michel’s claims:

As a result, a top EU diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Ministry yesterday over the dispute.

Dominic Raab said he is seeking to “set the record straight” as he called the EU chief’s claims “completely false”.

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