Can the EU catch up on vaccination? AstraZeneca will only be able to deliver half of the doses promised for the second quarter but the laboratory assures us that it could compensate by increasing its production within and outside European territory.
Interviewed by a German daily, Ursula von der Leyen has been understanding with vaccine manufacturers who “have never faced such a challenge“. The president of the European Commission also said that the problems that arise”can be resolved amicably “.
The shortage of vaccines continues to cause delays in vaccination campaigns in EU countries. Belgium was forced to postpone the vaccination of people over 65 to the end of March.
Faced with delays, Hungary continues to stand apart. Budapest starts using the vaccine from Chinese laboratory Sinopharm on Wednesday, which is not yet authorized by the European Union. A first in the EU. And this is not the first time that Hungary has stood out, since it has also used the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.
Ukraine to seek help elsewhere
Other governments are looking to countries outside Europe. Also facing significant delays, l’Ukraine finally started its vaccination campaign on Wednesday. It was supposed to start with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine provided by the UN Covax program. But it still hasn’t been delivered.
Heavily criticized, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed these supply problems on competition from rich countries, which would have monopolized orders. 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India were finally received. But that is not much for a country of 40 million inhabitants.
For his part, fearing a third wave of coronavirus, Romania has also started its teacher vaccination process. In addition to the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, the country is expected to receive 8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in April.
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