Italy blocks shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines from heading down under

A shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines bound for Australia have been blocked from leaving the European Union.

Italy has become the first country to ban the export of the COVID-19 vaccines under new export control guidelines.

It’s understood Italy’s new Prime Minister made the decision to stop around a quarter of a million doses of the jab from heading down under over supply concerns.


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Around 300,000 AstraZeneca vaccines have already arrived in Australia and are set to distributed for the first time in South Australia today.

They will then be rolled out to other states across the country, with Queensland set to receive around 57,000 doses.

New South Wales will begin its rollout from next week.

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