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US News Covid-19: the strategy of the Twenty-Seven suspended on the arrival of vaccines

03:05  26 february  2021
03:05  26 february  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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The meetings of the Twenty-Seven devoted to Covid-19 have been going on since last year on a monthly basis. And Member States seem, once again, to find it increasingly difficult to move forward together. By 2020, tensions had crystallized over border closures. The attention of the Twenty-Seven is now focused on certificates and other vaccine passports which could become weapons in the competition between Member States this summer.

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While participating in a new videoconference on Thursday, the leaders once again discussed the contours of this future certificate called for by certain countries anxious to prepare for the summer season, in particular Greece, Spain or even Austria. France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are much more careful . The reflection will continue. "I will not accept a system where access to such and such a country is subject to a certificate," warned Emmanuel Macron. Our young people will not have been vaccinated in late June or early July. We are not going to tell them: "You will not be able to move from one region to another, because you do not have the vaccination certificate". It will take a test or other strategy ”.

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As for the borders, little was discussed. While the variants worry Europeans a lot, the restrictions put in place in recent days find, in the end, little echo from the side of the majority of heads of state and government, when the flows of goods and services circulate. properly in the domestic market. "It's no longer a problem. We learned to manage ”, confides a diplomat. The freedom of movement of people is also relegated to the background. What the Twenty-Seven conceded in the conclusions of their meeting: "Non-essential travel must be limited" . More broadly, faced with a situation that they consider "serious" , they called for maintaining national anti-Covid measures "strong" .

Fraudulent offers

Salvation will come from the take-off of vaccination campaigns. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has been very cautious on the subject. "The next few weeks will remain difficult in the field of vaccination" , he admitted, also calling on "to improve the sequencing capacities" of the virus to monitor its mutations. As for the leaders, they put maximum pressure on the system, urging to "urgently accelerate the authorization, production and distribution of vaccines, as well as vaccination" .

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Doses continue to be sorely lacking in the Union. Delivery delays accumulated in January and February, in particular from AstraZeneca , which should deliver only 40 million doses by the end of March instead of the 90 million listed in the contract signed with the Commission . The greatest confusion reigned Thursday over the ability of the Anglo-Swedish group to supply the EU with the 180 million units expected in the second quarter. The new Italian council president, Mario Draghi, was particularly firm during the meeting, advancing the idea that the exports of companies that do not meet their commitments should be blocked, while Emmanuel Macron suggested to extend export authorization to vaccine components.

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In view of these shortages, the chances of some Member States turning to Russia and China are increasing. After Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia are now considering ordering the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V. Add to this the emergence of fraudulent offers on the continent. According to the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf), several Member States have already been offered some 900 million doses billed for a total of 12.7 billion euros.

The Twenty-Seven want to go ahead, however. As they prepare to beef up Europe's health sector to respond to health emergencies, they tasked the Commission with a report on the lessons to be drawn from the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be presented in June.

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