EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said the EU’s vaccination strategy had failed, adding that “it is true that mistakes have been made both in Brussels and other member states”.
European Union (EU) Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans told tagesspiegel am Sonntag newspaper that the vaccine was a “good idea.” Acknowledging that the EU has failed in its vaccination strategy, Timmermans said, “It is true that mistakes have been made in both Brussels and other member states regarding the order of vaccines.” “I am ready for a balance sheet to be issued after the end of the pandemic. Then we can see what we are doing wrong and what we are doing right.”
The EU representative said that the demand of citizens for the vaccine to be provided as soon as possible is understandable, adding that “the most important issue in the current situation is the vaccination of the whole of Europe”.
Defend the EU’s joint action on the vaccine order, Timmermans said it is in the interest of rich countries such as Germany.
The Union has so far allowed the use of vaccines developed by BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The EU Commission has ordered a total of one billion 400 million doses of these four vaccines. This is expected to be sufficient for the 450 million inhabitants of EU countries. However, the EU Commission has long been criticised for vaccines. The union is said to have been delayed in ordering vaccines and made strategic mistakes in orders.
Austria, a member state in particular, has frequently criticised the Union’s vaccination strategy, accusing the European Medicines Agency (EMA) of moving too slowly in the process of allowing vaccines. There are also frequent criticisms that vaccines are not distributed fairly within EU countries.