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Irish Times: EU Commission boss admits mistakes in vaccine procurement

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has admitted failures in the procurement of corona vaccines at European level. The EU underestimated the complications that can arise in the production of such vaccines, said von der Leyen in an interview with the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and other European media. In response to the criticism that the EU had ordered too hesitantly, she said: "Of course: a country can be a speedboat. And the EU is more of a tanker. "

The German Commission President further said: "We have focused very much on the question of whether there will be a vaccine, that is, the development." From today's perspective, one should have "thought more closely about the challenges of mass production in parallel".

Gerd Kerkhoff sees "total failure" when purchasing vaccines

Nonsense! Not just purchasing of vaccines, bottleneck was clearly commitment to contract for deliveries and the production facilities weren't there. Hoarding by states with production facilities such as the US, UK and even India. Globalization, outsourcing and slashing of domestic Healthcare ... austerity that came back to bite.

by Oui on Fri Feb 5th, 2021 at 07:01:54 PM EST
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