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Australia Urges Europe to Send AstraZeneca Vaccines to PNG

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg
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Australia is urging the European Union to divert 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca Plc vaccine that it’s already contracted to near-neighbor Papua New Guinea, as a wave of coronavirus infections rocks the Pacific region’s most-populous nation.

The formal request to AstraZeneca and European authorities comes just weeks after Italy blocked a shipment of 250,700 doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to Australia, using a recently introduced EU regulation for the first time.