Coronavirus news – EU withdraws plan to halt vaccine exports to UK as France closes borders from Sunday

FRANCE is set to shut its borders to non-EU travellers – with the exception of essential travel – from Sunday.

It comes amid the row between the bloc and Brit firm Astrazeneca over the delivery of vaccine doses.

Announcing the measures, Prime Minister Jean Castex stopped short of imposing a new lockdown despite infection rates remaining high in France.

Anyone entering the country from the EU must give a negative PCR test, the Mr Castex added.

Meanwhile, Brussels backed down over blocking life-saving jabs getting to the UK including 3.5million vaccines from Belgium.

A source told the Irish Independent a “mistake was made somewhere along the way” and insisted vaccines will not be stopped from entering the North.

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