Vaccine: EU control ‘big problem’ says Peter Lundgren
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The eurosceptic MEP accused the Commission President of failing to ensure all citizens in the EU were safely vaccinated after it emerged contracts with Pfizer and AstraZeneca could not be enforced in full last month. Mr Lundgren warned the EU’s free market was to blame for the bloc’s vaccination programme delays and lamented the funds donated by the bloc to the Covax project were a waste.
He said: “The EU is responsible for acting on this and that is a big problem, we can clearly see that now.
“Countries such as Israel, Canada and the UK have access from BionTech and Pfizer and we need some declarations.
“We’re told that what we need is the health of Europe and that failure was only because of the free market.
“It’s tragic that the ministers and the prime ministers did not take the charge when it comes to vaccinations.
“The Commission took more and more power and the negotiation strategy for the purchase of vaccines came too late and not focused on the deliver but rather on the production.
“And at the same time there was Covax, the biggest budget agreed – it was a waste!
“The pandemic continued unabated and the recovery and resilience packages were issued to ensure the citizens in Italy could be saved.
“The Commission needs to realise that it has not ensured safe deliveries with the high price on vaccines leaving many countries behind when it comes to countries being able to vaccinate their citizens.”
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