Sharing Covid vaccines is in UK's best interests, say scientists

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Delivering doses to other countries will reduce chance of virus coming back in new forms, say experts

Sharing UK Covid vaccines with countries in Europe and beyond is in the UK’s best interests, scientists have said, as the row over supplies intensifies.

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A dispute has sprung up between the UK and EU over the supply of Covid vaccines, after the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca told the EU it would not be able to deliver all of the doses ordered by the end of March, due to production problems at plants on the continent. AstraZeneca said its contract with the UK meant doses could only be shipped from UK plants to Europe once the UK had received the 100m doses it had ordered.

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