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Is German politics getting tired of Ms. Ursula Von der Leyen ... for the second time?

Germany considers break with EU on 2022 vaccine orders | DW News |

German Health Minister Jens Spahn says the country must secure booster vaccines for 2022 -- even if that means acting independently from the European Union.

Speaking as Germany prepares to ramp up its vaccination program at family doctor practices across the country, he said securing supplies for the next year was vital.

"We need to secure production capacity also for 3rd and 4th shots of COVID-19 vaccine," said Spahn. For now we don't know how long protection will last. Nobody has been immunized longer than 12 months according to the first clinical studies. And nobody know how long it will last -- 12, 24 months, 5 years, 10 years."

"Nobody can rule out the need for repeat shots for immune reinforcement. Therefore we should secure capacity within the European Union framework -- if not done urgently, then nationally."

by Oui on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 06:50:02 PM EST
That all seems good common sense and something the Commission would be fully on board with. Why is this seen as an anti- vd Leyen move?

P.S. those countries most concerned at ensure a conservative approach to the EU vaccine procurement negotiations are now the countries most radical in their criticisms of the Commission. - e.g. Austria, Hungary

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Apr 1st, 2021 at 07:54:19 PM EST
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Last year Spahn was setting up a vaccine alliance with some other countries until he was told to call it off by Merkel. Instead, he was told to submit to the EC. The transaction went ahead in a somewhat Pollyannish way, buying vaccines like a regular customer instead of like an investor. Securing not just supplies but production capacity should have been the order of the day. The member states were too naive and too stingy. If this newfound vaccine nationalism (not too much) leads to more robust capacity then that can only be a good thing.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Fri Apr 2nd, 2021 at 01:31:30 PM EST
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