EU LEADERS VENT FEARS OVER DELAYS TO VACCINATION DRIVE

EU leaders vented frustration over sluggish deliveries of coronavirus vaccines and manufacturing delays as anxiety rises over the rapid spread of new variants. 

The bloc’s presidents and premiers expressed their fears on Thursday evening as drug company executives in a separate marathon session with EU legislators defended their performance, insisting they were doing what they could to ramp up production rapidly. 

The heads of state and government were meeting for a video summit aimed at reviewing the EU’s immunisation campaign, after weeks of complaints that the bloc is lagging the US and UK. 

While Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, came in for criticism over the procurement plan earlier this year, many leaders were supportive of her on Thursday, focusing their fire on big pharma companies’ ability to live up to their contractual commitments, officials said. 

 

Source: Financial Times