Brussels on Wednesday hit back in a row with Boris Johnson over coronavirus vaccine exports, with European officials highlighting how Britain has received more doses than any other country monitored under new EU controls.

The UK prime minister denied claims by Charles Michel, European Council president, that Britain had introduced an “outright ban” on vaccine exports.

The European Commission acknowledged no such ban was in place, but EU officials noted that Michel had been drawing attention to the fact that no vaccines have so far been sent from the UK to the bloc.

The row with the UK — which led to an EU official being summoned to the Foreign Office in London to explain Michel’s comments — sparked acute frustration in Brussels given the bloc’s status as a major Covid-19 vaccine exporter.

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