The launch of the vaccine in the United Kingdom continued to make good progress, with nearly 30 million people vaccinated. This came amid tensions between the European Union and the United Kingdom regarding the distribution of vaccines, as the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, threatened to prevent the export of doses to Britain. He joked yesterday, “I might be wrong” because he said he was “not aware” of any vaccines that were exported from the UK – and that he “was expecting their transparency.”
In Germany, only 60% of AstraZeneca vaccine doses were used to reach the country.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (66 years old), who is facing increasing criticism for her handling of the epidemic, said that she would personally accept the AstraZeneca vaccine when it is her turn.
As the country continues to be banned, Stephanie Poulzen, editor-in-chief of German newspaper Die Welt in London, told the Chopper Politics podcast that she is now happy to be in the UK.
Ms Polzen told the podcast that she had considered leaving the UK for Germany around this time last year, as the UK struggled to control the pandemic.
She also admitted that she was “afraid” of an increase in cases in the UK.
However, he recently said that he currently prefers to be in the UK over Germany because the rapid launch of the vaccine inspires hope that the end of the pandemic may be imminent.
He said, “A year ago, I remember the days here in London and my fear of knowing that the British health system, despite its skill in some things, would overwhelm it.”
“Now, a year later, I got the vaccine and it looks like we’re going to come back to life very slowly here in Britain as before.
“While in Germany, they hung up again and the vaccine release is still very slow. People are so frustrated and angry. Now, I’d rather stay here in London.”
Poulzen also commented on the vaccine crisis in Europe, saying that Ms. von der Leyen’s criticism of the UK does not resonate in Germany.
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From a European perspective, you might say: “Why is the UK expecting the Europeans to send them BioNTech vaccines, and they’re spreading well, well … But why don’t the Europeans get anything in return from the UK? It’s on fire?”
Christopher Hope, a telegraph journalist and podcast host, wondered if this was because the UK was signing contracts faster than the European Union.
Bolzen said AstraZeneca is keeping this secret.
The reporter added: “That’s the whole point, so why not respond to AstraZeneca?
“I interviewed CEO Pascal Soriot and that question didn’t answer, and people have repeatedly asked AstraZeneca to be transparent about this and they don’t.
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