Amid the world's best vaccination campaign in Israel, Austria and Denmark are outraged by the delays in vaccines’ production and distribution in the EU. Particularly, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz noted that European Medicines Agency (EMA) is being slow in approving the vaccines.
“We must therefore prepare for further mutations and should no longer be dependent only on the EU for the production of second-generation vaccines,” Kurz said.
Meanwhile, Danish Prime Minister Danish Mette Frederiksen also criticized the EU’s vaccination program.
“I don’t think it can stand alone, because we need to increase capacity. That is why we are now fortunate to start a partnership with Israel,” she said.
However, the EMA has not commented on the situation yet.
Sebastian Kurz and Mette Frederiksen will travel to Israel this week to consider the launch of the vaccine themselves. However, none of these countries has capacities to produce the vaccines and it doubts the realistic of their intentions. Kurz invited pharmaceutical companies with a local presence including Pfizer, Valneva, Novartis, Polymun and Boehringer Ingelheim to discuss the new initiative.
Meanwhile, more European countries place side orders for Russian and Chinese vaccines; while the EMA has not decided yet on this issue.
Earlier, the WHO stated it is impossible to stop the pandemic of coronavirus by the end of the year.