Macron and Merkel’s baffling ‘contradicting’ claims sparks vaccine doubt chaos in Europe

Macron and Merkel 'created doubt' over AstraZeneca says Redwood

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Tory MP John Redwood argued French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have sparked doubt over vaccines in their countries. During an interview with, Mr Redwood admitted he was surprised at their public comments. He said the pair contradicted themselves as they claimed the AstraZeneca vaccine was not safe but also lashed out at the UK for procuring the vaccine.

He said: “It is quite obvious the EU delayed because it wanted it to be very cautious.

“It delayed approving certain vaccines and there was some commentary, including from the President of France, Emmanuel Macron and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, that maybe the AstraZeneca vaccine shouldn’t be used for older people.

“There was a lack of evidence, not evidence that you shouldn’t use it for older people.

“Now there has been quite a lot of evidence to show it is absolutely fine as the UK assumed.

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“They have had to address their script, then they discovered that it is now more difficult because they created doubt in the minds of people.

“Obviously, all democratic countries say it is a person’s choice whether they have the vaccine or not.

“So you need to create a good mood towards it which they didn’t manage to do.”

Mr Redwood also reflected on his initial reaction to the row over the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe.

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He added: “I found it a very surprising reaction, particularly when they were contradicting themselves.

“They were both saying the UK was rushing it and it wasn’t a good idea to give approval for this vaccine.

“But at the same time, they were complaining that they weren’t getting enough supplies of the vaccine because of the United Kingdom.”

The Tory MP also argued annoyance and frustration were growing in Europe due to the actions of Governments across the bloc.

Mr Redwood said: “It does look, with the present commentary, that a number of countries there is an annoyance at the lack of speed and success in approving vaccines and rolling them out.

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“This is given that the EU announced early on it would take an important role.

“There has certainly been a lot of critical commentary in Germany for example.

“I think this is the kind of argument you get within a powerful governing structure like the EU.

“The more the EU does the more it will have it, critics, that is what Governments are all about.

“It is about trying to answer the critics to do better so that you don’t have so many critics for the next thing you do.”

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