Germany backs EU review of vaccine export rules - spokeswoman

BERLIN, March 22 (Reuters) - Germany is in favour of reviewing European Union rules regarding the export of vaccines from the bloc, government spokeswoman Martina Fietz said on Monday, adding that the matter would be discussed at a meeting of European leaders this week.

Fietz added that Merkel had discussed the issue of vaccine exports with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday amid rising tensions over the supply of shots made by AstraZeneca , which has so far delivered fewer shots than the EU ordered while broadly meeting its obligations to Britain.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that vaccine maker AstraZeneca could face a ban on exports of doses if it did not meet its delivery obligations to the bloc.

“The EU is an important centre of vaccine production. A lot of vaccine is sent from the EU to third countries,” Fietz said on Monday. “At the same time, virtually nothing is exported from Great Britain or the United States.” (Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Maria Sheahan)