The European Union (EU) estimates that in two to three weeks “everything will work normally” in the production and distribution of vaccines in the Member States. Meanwhile, the Hungarian prime minister has already been vaccinated (but with a Chinese vaccine).
“Our expectation is that in two, three weeks, everything will work normally with the production and distribution levels much stronger than until now ”, stressed the Portuguese Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner, Elisa Ferreira, in an interview with the agency EFE.
The Portuguese commissioner believes that as “cruising speed” is reached, countries will have to focus on the “capacity” to administer vaccines to the population, because they will “arrive, arrive and arrive”.
Elisa Ferreira also rejected the idea that the EU is far behind in the vaccination campaign compared to other countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom or Israel.
“I want to diverge a little from this idea that we are very late, we are work with great security so that citizens can have confidence ”, he stressed, in an allusion to the work of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which evaluates and authorizes vaccines that are administered in the EU.
Vaccines that are accepted in Europe “go through a very careful, very detailed procedure for checking, testing and confirming the safety of the vaccine.”
The official also recalled that “Europe is also available to accept the Russian vaccine”, if it wants to apply for a license to use in the EU, but that it will have to “subject itself to the same availability of data, information, with the same criteria” , than the rest of the pharmaceutical companies.
EP President urges countries to speed up vaccination
“Pharmaceutical companies must be severely punished if they violated contracts or committed fraud, but (…) national plans must accelerate. The EU aims to vaccinate 70% of Europeans by the end of the summer, which means 225 million citizens. So far, 10% were vaccinated, which is equivalent to 25 million ”, said David Sassoli in an interview published this Sunday by the Italian daily The messenger.
The European official asked: “For example, why not vaccinate the elderly and vulnerable during the day and the young and healthy at night? What prevents it? Governments must hurry. At this moment, 51 million doses have been delivered in the European Union and 29 million have been administered ”.
The President of the European Parliament was very critical of European leaders after the last council which, according to him, “highlighted common problems, risks of a third wave of the pandemic and made clear the dysfunctions and the delays ”.
“I hoped to see some leaders take up the real challenge of this dramatic moment and raise their heads to say that it is necessary to build a real European health policy. Nobody, on the other hand, said that they were willing to transfer national powers to the European Union ”, he explained.
“After the ‘mad cows’, a European animal health policy was put in place that gave important results. Doesn’t human health deserve the same protection? It’s time to make decisions and national governments must be very clear“, He added.
Viktor Orbán vaccinated with Chinese Sinopharm
Meanwhile, this morning, the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, shared several photos on his Facebook where he sees himself being vaccinated, realizing that he received the first dose of a Chinese vaccine, a Sinopharm.
Remember that this is not one of the EMA approved vaccines. Hungary has already administered at least one dose of vaccines mainly from Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna, but also from Russia Sputnik V.
This week, the country also started administering this Chinese vaccine, which Hungary has ordered five million doses. The Hungarian government hopes to raise the number of people vaccinated with at least one dose, by this Sunday, to 800,000.
Hungary is the only EU member that has acquired vaccines against Russian and Chinese covid-19, having justified its unilateral decision with the delay in the distribution of vaccines by the authorities of the European community.
However, the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, has also defended the use of the Russian vaccine and the Croatia is negotiating with Russia to buy that medicine.