The “vaccine war” reached a truce. According to a report from Deutsche News Agency on February 1, European Commission President Von der Lein and British AstraZeneca reached a settlement at the crisis meeting on January 31. AstraZeneca agreed to supply an additional 9 million doses of vaccine in the first quarter. German media said that British Prime Minister Johnson became the winner of the “vaccine war”.
Previously, due to the delayed delivery of AstraZeneca vaccine and Pfizer vaccine, the EU’s vaccination target was blocked. Von der Lein held talks on January 31 with companies that have signed vaccine contracts with the European Union. AstraZeneca extended an olive branch to the EU at the meeting and agreed to supply an additional 9 million doses of vaccine in the first quarter, allowing the EU to obtain a total of 40 million doses of vaccine in the first quarter. Pfizer Vaccines has stated that it will provide an additional 70 million doses of vaccine in the second quarter. Von der Lein praised the move on Twitter as “a step forward” and added that AstraZeneca hopes to deliver a week earlier than originally planned and will also expand its European production capacity. However, the media generally believe that even if the new delivery target of 40 million doses is reached by the end of March, it is still only half of AstraZeneca’s original commitment of 80 million doses.
In an interview with Deutsche Television II, Von der Lein said: “We hope that by the end of summer, 70% of adults in Europe will be vaccinated.” “Summer” refers to the period from June to the end of August. So far, the European Union has received 18 million doses of vaccine, and 12 million of the 446 million people have received at least the first dose. Von Delane said that such “good progress” is an “impressive number.” Von Delane also said that she and Johnson have reached an agreement that vaccine factories in the UK and Europe can provide each other with products. But the British Secretary of State for International Trade Truth said in an interview on January 31 that the United Kingdom will consider distributing vaccines to other countries when the country’s vaccination plan is completed. Many European media criticized that due to the late booking of vaccines in the EU, the current vaccination process is slow, and the EU should be responsible for this.
“The European Union is like a desperate boxer. Von der Lein has to put his fists in his pockets.” Regarding the EU and AstraZeneca’s settlement, the German political magazine Heathrow wrote on February 1 that the EU only I can blame myself. Although the EU-AstraZeneca contract stipulates the quantity and time of delivery, this is not a firm promise under the condition of “best effort”.
Deutsche Telekom said on the 1st that Johnson reached unification with the European Union on January 31 as a winner. He became a beneficiary in the European-British “vaccine war”. In this public opinion war, it was highlighted that “the EU needs a British vaccine.” Moreover, more than 9 million people in the UK have received the first dose of the vaccine, while the number in Germany is just over 1.8 million. This seems to prove that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union is worthwhile.
German Health Minister Span told the “Frankfurt Report” on January 31 that under the EU vaccine shortage, if Russia’s “Satellite-V” vaccine and China’s Sinopharm vaccine are approved by the EU, they can consider using these two vaccines in Germany and the EU. However, the German Süddeutsche Zeitung said that due to the shortage of vaccines, EU member states cannot in principle negotiate with foreign countries to purchase vaccines alone, so as to avoid division within the EU, but Europe must catch up with countries with faster vaccinations such as the United States. Footsteps.