Outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel has raised eyebrows with her bizarre boast that “basically nothing has gone wrong” with the EU’s vaccine procurement scheme, despite admitting that it “rankles” that other regions have bested the faltering bloc when it comes to pace.
“Of course, the question arises: Why is the United States faster, why is Israel faster, why is the United Kingdom faster? That rankles, of course” said the German premier in an interview with public broadcaster ARD.
“That we ordered it together on a European basis was certainly the right thing to do” she claimed, despite massive holdups in the supply of the groundbreaking Oxford/AstraZeneca jab that is now the powerhouse of the UK’s incredible roll-out success.
It was reported in recent days that production on the AstraZeneca jabs is now three months behind the UK on the European mainland due to the dilly-dallying of the incompetent European Commission, who wasted months renegotiating a deal that major European countries had already struck with the medicines giant.
Partly as a result of that sad state of affairs, the EU is massively behind Brexit Britain when it comes to the number of doses delivered per capita.
Despite tough talk from Angela Merkel, signs of panic have been present across the EU establishment for weeks now.
Last week the bloc were in such a state that they threatened stability on the island of Ireland by invoking and quickly revoking Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which would have imposed a customs border for the export of vaccines to the British province.
The European political establishment has also peddled dangerous disinformation about the efficacy of vaccines in a desperate bid to distract from their failures.
French president Emmanuel Macron echoed debunked German media reports that the AstraZeneca jab barely works on the very elderly and Commission president Ursula von der Leyen – who has faced increased calls to quit her position – appeared to suggest that the UK had cut corners on vaccine safety.