Posted on Feb 17, 2021
If you believe in Europe, if you love Europe, it's your duty to be the most vocal critic, especially when Europe falls short of its potential and our expectations. That's exactly what’s happening now with the vaccinations. It's a fiasco.
In a powerful condemnation of the "fiasco" that is the EU's vaccination drive, MEP and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt pointed out that only four per cent of EU citizens have received a first dose of a Covid jab, with vaccinations in some countries coming to a halt due to factors such as bad weather and local administrative bottlenecks.
This weighs against the UK, where more than 20% have received their first dose.
Calling for a "radical change in strategy" and a renegotiation of the "ill-conceived" contracts with their binding targets and deadlines, he launched an attack on the European Commission saying "I think the measures taken by the Commission are hugely symbolic, insufficient and counter-productive."
Meanwhile, France's Europe minister, Clement Beaune, said the UK's vaccine strategy "has more risks" and is "not something I would like to have here".
"The British are going faster because they have relied heavily on the first injection," he told France Info. "If we take a look at the number of people who have had both injections in the UK and the EU, France included, we see that the number of fully vaccinated people is lower in the UK."
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