Britain rules out export restrictions on pharma products

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Health Secretary Hancock holds a news conference in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will never impose export restrictions on the exports of pharmaceutical products made in the country, health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday.

Britain says it has never blocked vaccine exports, in the face of demands from the European Union that AstraZeneca vaccine made in Britain is used to supply its EU contract.

"We will not ever block exports to anywhere around the world of a product made from for a market around the world," Hancock said.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle and Alistair Smout. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)