Europe’s Vaccination Problem
The European Union’s coronavirus inoculation campaign started slowly, and the picture is worsening still.,
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Europe’s vaccination process was expected to be well-orchestrated and efficient.
So far, it has been neither.
Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, spoke with our colleague Matina Stevis-Gridneff about Europe’s problems and why things could get worse before they get better.
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A cascade of small decisions has led to increasingly long delays in the European Union’s inoculation efforts. While Washington went into business with the drug companies, Brussels took a conservative, budget-conscious approach that left the open market largely untouched. And it has paid for it.
Falling behind the pace of vaccine rollouts in countries like Britain, the United States and Israel, Europe is now tightening export rules in a bid to speed up its disappointing Covid inoculation campaign and stem political criticism.
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Sabrina Tavernise and Matina Stevis-Gridneff contributed reporting.
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