Italy’s Overseas Minister Luigi Di Maio wrote on Fb, in keeping with The New York Times, that the choice was “not a hostile act in opposition to Australia,” including that Australia was a “non-vulnerable nation.”
Australia has seen solely 909 deaths for the reason that well being disaster started final 12 months and solely 29,000 circumstances. Australia mentioned that dropping “one cargo” wouldn’t badly have an effect on its rollout however requested the European Fee to rethink.
An EU spokesperson instructed ABC the EU delegation to Australia was “liaising with Brussels on this matter and it could be inappropriate to remark additional at this stage”.
“We’re clearly disillusioned and pissed off by this choice,” he mentioned. “That was about making certain we inbuilt contingencies for the chance that issues would go unsuitable.
“The world is in unchartered territory at current, it is unsurprising that some international locations would tear up the rule e-book … that is why we have taken these very cautious approaches.”
Australia has secured 53.eight million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine however has vaccinated simply 0.2 per 100 individuals. Nonetheless, the nation is fairing effectively in comparison with different nations because it at the moment has no neighborhood unfold of the virus.