UK's Johnson says people should not worry about EU threat to ban vaccine exports

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic during a virtual news conference, in London

(This March 18 story has been refiled to say 'should not' be worried in first paragraph)

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that people should not be worried about the European Union's threat to ban exports of COVID-19 vaccines to Britain to safeguard scarce doses for its own citizens.

"I think that people should be under no anxiety or misapprehension about that," Johnson said at a news conference in Downing Street.

"Whatever you may hear about the pressures that different countries are under to deliver vaccines for their public, these vaccines are a multi-national effort and they are produced as the result of international cooperation and we in the UK will continue to view it in that spirit."

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by Alistair Smout)