While waiting for the EMA, the European Medicines Agency’s decision on AstraZeneca to arrive today, after the suspensions decided by many EU countries, the WHO said yesterday that it believes that the benefits of the Anglo-Swedish vaccine outweigh the risks and recommends that vaccinations continue. clear that the coronavirus serum does not reduce illnesses or deaths from other causes – reads the press release -. Venous thrombo-embolism is the third most common cardiovascular disease in the world. Clear words that give hope for a new green light from EMA for the vaccine produced by the Anglo-Swedish group.
Meanwhile, however, the controversy over the distribution of doses continues. Yesterday, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, speaking at a press conference, called on the British government to respect the pacts. We are still waiting – he said – for doses to arrive from the UK. This is an invitation to demonstrate that there are also doses that arrive to the EU from across the Channel, in order to have reciprocity. It is difficult – he adds – to explain to EU citizens that vaccines produced in the EU are exported to other countries that produce vaccines, while nothing comes back. The president said she was ready to use every tool, including inspections and controls on exports, to ensure that the EU gets what it deserves. So far 41 million doses have been exported from the European Union to 33 countries, 10 million in Great Britain alone.
Words that the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab did not like at all: The world is watching us and we all know, including our European friends, that it would be a mistake to limit exports (of vaccines and medical material) in times of pandemics or interfere with supplies (to other countries) linked to legally valid contracts. Boris Johnson, through his spokesperson, recalled that von der Leyen, during an interview with the premier, had ruled out restrictions on companies carrying out their contractual responsibilities. We stick to that principle, he added.
The vaccination campaign in the United Kingdom, which started 100 days ago, was successfully carried out: more than 25 million people received the first dose, 1.8 million even the second. But now the National Health Service (NHS) expects a slowdown in supplies in April. For this reason, the immunization of the over 40s may not take place on schedule. In Italy, so far, just over seven million doses have been administered while totally vaccinated people exceed two million. The rest of Europe is also struggling. The nation is better off Hungary with 14.5% of the population receiving the first injection while in France 7.8%, in Germany 8.2%, in Finland 11%. Von der Leyen, in fact, underlines the importance of speeding up the vaccination campaign in each Member State. I trust AstraZeneca and their vaccine.
In Brussels, however, they are optimistic. The president estimates that at the end of the second quarter there will be in the Union 200 million vaccinated out of a population of 447.7 million. The goal of reaching 70% of immunized citizens by the end of the summer. The goal is not that far off.
March 17, 2021 (change March 17, 2021 | 22:23)