EU rebellion: Germans, French and Swedes turn on Brussels over vacccine farce – poll
Vaccine issues in Germany blamed on EU by Helen Dale
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More than half of Germans (51 percent) say the eurocrat-led joint procurement of coronavirus jabs has been handled badly, the poll indicated. This view is shared by 35 percent of French participants in the survey and 24 percent of Swedes. There is mounting frustration the EU’s desperately sluggish rollout is falling behind Britain’s successful rollout.
One in three UK adults have now received a jab, compared to just 7.6 percent of the EU’s population who have been inoculated.
The survey, carried out by Kekst CNC, found 45 percent of Britons believe the EU has done a bad job with its rollout.
In contrast, 77 percent of UK respondents approved of the vaccination scheme led by Boris Johnson’s Government.
Just 23 percent of Germans, 19 percent of Swedes and 18 percent of French citizens said the same about their own national rollouts.
Kekst CNC polled 1,000 adults in each of Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, the UK and US between February 11 and February 21.
EU states are now ditching EU’s vaccine buy-up project amid fears the bloc is facing a third wave of infections and even lengthier lockdowns.
Austria and Denmark are leading the six-country rebellion.
And Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic plan to use jabs produced by China and Russia, not yet approved by the EU.
The Kekst CNC survey found that Europeans are increasingly worried that further lockdowns will be needed before the end of the pandemic.
Just 38 percent of Germans said they don’t believe further restrictive measures will be needed amid the slow rollout of vaccines.
In Sweden, 33 percent and 28 percent in France expressed similar views.
Despite growing anger at Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen’s programme, the EU launched a desperate defence yesterday.
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A spokesman said: “It’s not that the strategy unravelled. For our vaccines, we go through the European Medicines Agency because we want to ensure efficacy and safety. What member states do in addition to that, it’s their responsibility.”
He added that eurocrats are keen to “learn lessons” from nations outperforming the bloc.
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the EU’s drugs watchdog had been “too slow” to approve the jabs.
He is due to fly to Israel to negotiate the purchase of leftover vaccines.
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Mr Kurz added: “We must prepare for further mutations and should no longer be dependent only on the EU for the production of second-generation vaccines.”
Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen has signalled she will also travel to Tel Aviv to broker her own agreement.
Poland and Hungary are in talks with Beijing to secure millions of doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm jab.
Swedish MEP Charlie Weimers encouraged other countries including his own to join the mutiny.
He said: “It’s been a catalogue of U-turns, arrogance and incompetence.”
Meanwhile, France, Germany and Belgium are under pressure to give the AstraZeneca jab to older people after restricting use – despite real-world data showing it to be highly effective in over-80s.
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