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EU chief says she was responsible for gaffe over vaccine exports

President Ursula von der Leyen told a group of European lawmakers that she is responsible for the European Commission’s bungled handling of export controls on Covid-19 vaccines.

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During a discussion of the problems with MEPs from the European People’s Party, President Ursula von der Leyen said she takes responsibility for all the commission’s decisions, according to a person who was present at the private meeting.

Von der Leyen has faced a barrage of criticism since making a humiliating U-turn over proposed controls on shipments from the EU into Northern Ireland on Friday night.

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