World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 25 Mar, 2021 22:45 am

European Union summit tensions over vaccine supplies and rollout failure

European Union summit tensions over vaccine supplies and rollout failure
Every major capitalist power is engaged in the same beggar thy neighbour policy, with catastrophic consequences that only aids the spread of the virus.

Among these were about 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.’” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that the “EU has exported 77 million doses of vaccines to 33 countries since 1 December 2020” and that the EU summit needs to "ensure that Europeans get their fair share of vaccines".The unit was reported in La Stampa to have found a stockpile of 29 million doses being “hoarded”.Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz demanded to know how an extra 10 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine would be distributed.

France’s EU affairs minister, Clément Beaune, said, “We want to avoid that AstraZeneca doses produced in Europe go to Britain when we are not receiving anything… AstraZeneca says: ‘I am experiencing delays’.Only a few weeks previously, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia.

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