EU has ‘40% of their vaccines in storage’ says Stubb
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Alexander Stubb told the BBC’s Today Programme that 40 percent of the vaccines the European Union has secured have been left in storage. The former Prime Minister added that there is a problem with governance in the trading bloc and this has led to a blame game unfolding within the EU.
The BBC host said: “People in the UK look at what is happening in Europe and wonder why so much of the AstraZeneca vaccine and other vaccines as well, are being stored and not used.”
Mr Stubb replied: “I think you are absolutely right on that.
“Basically, the situation from as far as I can gather from the statistics is that roughly forty percent of the vaccines procured are now laying around in various storage in European member states.
“So I think it is essentially a problem of Governance.
EU news: 40 percent of vaccines are in storage according to Stubbs (Image: GETTY)
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“The United Kingdom has been very good at rolling out the vaccine as has the United States.
“But we are in this vicious cycle of a blame game, the member states blame Brussels, Brussels blames private companies and the UK blames Brussels as well.”
On Tuesday, France and Germany were slammed for diminishing the confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine with “untrue stories” about the Oxford University jab.
Natasha Loder told the BBC’s Today Programme that German reports of AstraZeneca being less effective in older people that were picked up by French President Emmanuel Macron have been debunked.
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The Economist’s Health Policy Editor added that linking the Oxford jab to blood clots is another claim from EU nation’s that will lead to a loss in confidence in the vaccine.
Ms Loder said: “I think what we need to really see is the kind of narrative that is emerging on this vaccine which is very damaging.
“It started with these untrue stories about the fact the vaccine was less effective in older people.
“This started in Germany from a newspaper report that was complete nonsense, it was even picked up by Macron.
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“That has obviously been thoroughly debunked, we now have data from hospitals showing it is just as effective in the over-80s as the Pfizer vaccine.
“Now here we are with this story about blood clots.
“We know where this is going, we know where it is going to lead.
“It leads to a loss of confidence in vaccines.”
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