The President of the European Commission acknowledged the mistakes made by the European Union in developing a strategy for vaccination against Coronavirus.
Ursula van der Leyen said that the federation “was late in licensing vaccines against the Corona virus, and it is still late in the vaccination process.”
It also admitted that the union was overconfident in achieving production targets, while the factories were recording delays in their operations.
The Chairperson of the Commission was criticized for the delay in the vaccination process in European Union countries.
The delay sparked outrage after it became clear that the Union was late in vaccinating its citizens for countries such as Britain, which managed to vaccinate 12 million people on its soil.
Van der Leyen, however, defended the European Union’s option to request vaccines collectively, considering that a “right decision.”
AstraZeneca has pledged to cooperate with the German company IDT Biology in order to produce more vaccines for Europe.
Vaccine companies such as Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer Biontek have delayed supplies to the European Union due to problems in production capacity and delivery.
This is Van der Leyen’s first admission of the mistakes of the European Union. Last week it likened the decision-making in one country to the speedboat, and the decision-making in the European Union to an oil tanker.
What did the Commissioner say?
“We were late in licensing, and we over-confidence in production capabilities and in receiving our requests on time,” said the Commissioner. She also said that the mistakes that were made must be explained.
But she insisted that the collective handling of the pandemic was a correct decision, saying: “I cannot imagine the situation if major countries dealt with the crisis alone, and the other countries remained lost.”
She added, “The matter is economically meaningless and would have led to the demise of the union.”
She also defended the time the federation took to license vaccines, describing it as necessary to establish trust and safety.
The Chairperson of the Commission said that it deeply regrets the European Union’s threat last month to restrict the passage of vaccines between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of Britain that left the European Union.
She added, “But in the end we got it right, and I assure you that we in the commission will do everything we can to maintain peace in Northern Ireland.”
How he responded aTo European MPs?
Right-wing Danish lawmaker Peter Kofud criticized the union, saying it was intolerant of its place while other countries such as Britain, the United States and Israel were racing against time to vaccinate their citizens.
The French left-wing MP, Manon Aubry, asked Van der Flynn, “How can the European Union be subject in its dealings with pharmaceutical companies?”
But there were also those who supported the European Union’s response.
Spanish center-right deputy Esteban Gonzalez Pons said: “If it were not for the European Union’s initiative to request vaccines on behalf of all members, it would be difficult for my country and other countries to obtain sufficient vaccines due to the lack of budget.”
The head of the center-right bloc in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, said, “Not everything was perfect in the past weeks and months, but the basic decisions were right.”