European Union leaders have stopped short of banning vaccine exports after a protracted row with the Anglo-Swedish manufacturer AstraZeneca.
At a summit on Thursday they gave backing in principle for toughening export controls.
But a post-summit statement emphasised the importance of global supply chains needed to produce vaccinations.
Elements of the AstraZeneca vaccination are manufactured in a number of EU states.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said AstraZeneca must “catch up” on deliveries to the EU before exporting doses elsewhere.
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