European Union leaders grapple with surge of infections, vaccine issues

By Canadian Press	
	 		EU leaders grapple with surge of infections vaccine issues

By Canadian Press EU leaders grapple with surge of infections vaccine issues

The EU has been unhappy with slow vaccine rollouts in the EU states and the bloc has blamed pharmaceutical companies - primarily AstraZeneca - for not delivering promised doses, but AstraZeneca has said it honoured its contract.

Several EU nations have opted to impose strict lockdown measures over the Easter measures as the spread of more contagious variants of COVID-19 pushes some hospitals to the limit. "We had a problem with this company", Breton said, adding that all other suppliers were doing well. "We also want to assume a win-win situation here, that is, we want to act in a politically sensible way, because it is in part somewhat more complicated than one thinks at first glance".

Von der Leyen even touted the bloc's vaccine export mechanisms during Thursday night's press conference, calling them a necessary step that had shed light on the imbalance of vaccine shipments.

A group of smaller states led by Austria demanded more vaccines after they missed an earlier opportunity to secure a bigger share of costlier versions by betting on the cheaper - but unreliably supplied - AstraZeneca one. "I support the fact that we must block all exports for as long as some drug companies don't respect their commitments with Europeans", he said after the virtual EU summit. While some countries see it as an instrument of last resort that should not be allowed to undermine the EU's reputation as an open trading bloc, others called it a crucial tool to guarantee that doses and vaccine ingredients reach the bloc.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters it was "the end of naivety" from the EU.

The European Commission has adjusted its mechanism to control exports of COVID-19 vaccines to seek "fairness" in the global supply chain, dismissing claims of vaccine protectionism. The Commission has said that there have been no exports from the United Kingdom to Europe thus far.

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi reserved harsh words for AstraZeneca, according to EU sources, with the premier saying European citizens felt "disappointed" and "fooled" by the company.

In total, the European Union has shipped off around 43 million COVID vaccine doses.

In the end, the European Union leaders passed the buck to the European Union ambassadors asking them to solve the issue "in a spirit of solidarity" but confirming "the pro-rata population key for the allocation of vaccines". Based on the EU's contracts with manufacturers, the commission expressed confidence that 360 million vaccine doses will be delivered during the second quarter of the year.

"It means we will not only able to fulfil our needs, but also to massively export, and on the long term", he said.

"Europe is not a selfish continent".

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