European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer is pictured during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on March 2020. Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

The European Commission says the message to vaccine manufacturers is very clear and urges them to do their best to honor the contracts they signed with the bloc, the keynote spokesman said Friday.

Eric Mamer, the main spokesman for the trade bloc, spoke in a press conference about Italy’s decision to block the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia.

“The message is very clear … that we expect companies with whom the European Union has signed expanded sales contracts to do their utmost to comply with the supply contracts they have signed with member states,” said Mamer .

The fact is that the European Union is a major exporter of vaccine doses, “he added.

“We have always said that since the EMA approved this vaccine, we actually had extensive discussions with the company to ensure they were on schedule, and we urge Member States to use it.”

The spokesman said it was not up to the EU to tell the company where the cans should go, adding that they were still owned by AstraZeneca.

“We’re not making a decision that those 250,000 cans have to go to X or Y, that’s none of our business,” he said.

“Our business is that the Italian authorities made a decision that we supported in exporting as they believe there needs to be progress on delivery to EU countries and this is basically the conversation we will be continuing with them To have company. “