European Union facing internal ‘battle’ over vaccines says MEP
The European Commission was forced on Tuesday to defuse tensions between member states as they argued over the number of Covid vaccine doses received so far. French MEP Michele Rivasi said the European Union is facing an internal “battle” over the distribution of vaccines. She blasted: “Right now there is a kind of battle between countries to see how many doses have been received.
“That information should be made public!”
But EU director-General for health Sandra Gallina dismissed the warning.
“We bought as much as was offered.
“Let me say to all of you, it’s not just quantities you negotiate.
“You negotiate a specific quantity for that moment.
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“So we have all the quantities that can be produced with the plans that we have today.
“And we will have more quantities in the future.
“So I am not sure why this debate is there because the numbers are there, the production is ramping up.”
Brussels was forced to warn European capitals against buying their own vaccines after Germany ordered more than 76 million jabs in a bid to jump ahead of the bloc in the race to suppress the coronavirus.
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The EU’s chief negotiator on vaccine contacts lashed out for Berlin breaking ranks with the rest of the bloc to make its own orders with BioNTech and Moderna.
Sandra Gallina told MEPs “allocations for Europe come first” and conceded she was “very confused” by the move.
Ms Gallina added: “The contracts we have agreed include schedules that will be much richer starting from April onwards – quarter two is going to be the quarter with the many doses.
“The first quarter we have doses and I would say that they are of course not as abundant as many would like to have them but they are, I would say, what was negotiated.
“When we refer to the issue of the quantities I have also seen a big debate about the numbers, you know, some imagine that you know that there was say the possibility to buy more, I may say to you that we did, I would say, we went really very far with the quantities and we bought all that could be bought.”
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The Commission has faced criticism for buying insufficient supplies of the jabs from suppliers.
Eurocrats have so far secured up to 2.3 billion doses of the most promising vaccines, but the European Medicines’ Agency has only given two candidates approval for use.
Germany has secured extra doses where EU countries refused to buy all of the doses available to them from the bloc’s scheme.
Ms Gallina said other capitals were given the option to purchase the doses turned down by other states.
The tensions are set to be discussed at a video conference of European leaders on January 21, with many member states upset at the slow delivery of vaccines.
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