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EU member states can not negotiate their very own Covid-19 vaccine offers – von der Leyen

The European Fee’s president has warned EU member nations in opposition to ordering Covid-19 vaccines in facet offers, saying it undermines the bloc’s personal efforts to deal with the virus.

Talking on Friday, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned that the EU had ordered greater than sufficient doses for everybody within the EU, as Brussels introduced its buy of one other 300 million doses of the Pfizer jab. 

Von der Leyen took the chance to warn member states in opposition to making their very own facet offers with vaccine producers.

“The one framework we’re negotiating in is as 27. We do that collectively, and no member state on this authorized binding foundation is allowed to barter in parallel or to have a contract in parallel,” von der Leyen instructed reporters in Brussels. 

The entire portfolio covers 2.3 billion doses of vaccines, so that is greater than sufficient to vaccinate the entire European inhabitants.

The president’s feedback observe appreciable criticism that the EU has not ordered sufficient doses and rollout has been too sluggish. 

The EU’s vaccination program began on December 27, after the Pfizer vaccine was permitted by Europe’s regulator.




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Earlier this week, the EU permitted its second vaccine, produced by US biotech agency Moderna, with rollout doubtlessly beginning subsequent week. 

European nations are lagging massively behind the UK, the place vaccinations began on December 8. Two jabs are already being rolled out by British medics.

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