The controversial proposals are being criticised from both within and outside the European Union, with experts warning that a ban on vaccine supplies could disrupt global supply chains at a critical juncture in worldwide efforts to stem Covid-19.
"I think it is clear that first of all the company (AstraZeneca) has to catch up, has to honour the contract it has with the European member states, before it can engage again in exporting vaccines", she said.
At the end of the summit, the bloc's 27 nations were still locked in a dispute over how an upcoming batch of 10 million doses could be allocated to narrow the vaccine gap between member states, and the leaders made a decision to push the talks to a future meeting of their ambassadors. "I support the fact that we must block all exports for as long as some drug companies don't respect their commitments to Europeans".
According to Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission's Vice-President, the new system is required to "have more transparency on exports and obtain a full picture of what is happening outside the EU so as to avoid a possible circumvention of the rules".
The EU and United Kingdom have fought over the AstraZeneca plant in Leiden, with Britain claiming the Dutch plant as part of its vaccine supply chain.
Although statements like, "new activity restrictions coming as days and weeks ahead" were the gravest, "We were right not to confine in January" and "end the naivety", could placate the listeners.
"Accelerating the production, delivery and deployment of vaccines remains essential and urgent to overcome the crisis".
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden took part in the virtual summit at the invitation of the EU.
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"But also saying that the United States and the Commission are now working closely together to remove any bottlenecks in respect of both the production and the delivery of vaccines".
Many EU leaders were critical of Mr Trump's decisions to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.
With the continent in the throes of a third wave, the new legislation seeks to make it more hard to export vaccines manufactured in the bloc, and would most likely adversely impact supplies to Britain.
"This can not be dealt with in a war atmosphere", he told the BBC's Hardtalk programme.
The EU regulator said it was also giving the green light to a site in Marburg, Germany, to make both the active substance and completed vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.
European Union states have seen some of the deadliest outbreaks of the pandemic, with Italy recording more than 106,000 deaths, France 93,000, Germany 75,000 and Spain 73,000.
Speaking earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the British variant had become the dominant strain circulating in Germany and amounted to "a new pandemic".
The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden harboured concerns about the impact on supply chains of any block on shipments and had initially pushed back against any explicit reference to the commission's revised regulation.
Poland will close nurseries, pre-schools and hairdressers for two weeks from Saturday after coronavirus cases surged.
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She has also taken an active role in encouraging Americans to get vaccinated. "Thank you, Mr. Officials said Biden brought Harris into the new role because of an inherent level of trust.