April 10, 2021

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Britain is under pressure: Johnson faces vaccine strategic issues

“Bloomberg.com” reports that 43% of the British population has received at least the first vaccine. A value that can be envied from the German point of view. But now many problems are opening up for the country, which seemed to set a precedent when it comes to vaccination.

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Great Britain: Missing dose for second vaccine

Yes, it is true that almost half the people in the kingdom received the first measure. But the fact that millions of people (have to wait) for a second vaccine is part of the reality. One reason for this is that AstraZeneca did not deliver the promised two million cans per week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at a press conference a few days ago that citizens need not worry about the vaccine. It is always said that “certain interruptions are inevitable” in the vaccination program regarding this speed and purpose. There are fewer vaccines than planned and due to delays in further testing of a load from the Serum Institute (“you are working hard”) and in April, vaccine levels will be lower. The second vaccine is given continuously after 12 weeks.

An EU official now contradicts Johnson, according to Bloomberg, and calls the British “excessive”. The first vaccine would have been given without supporting the second vaccine. Boris Johnson’s government urgently needs EU help – but that’s where the next issue awaits.

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Conflict with the European Union

“Blackmail” – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the behavior of British colleagues. Prior to that, EU President Ursula van der Leyen had chosen clear words in the direction of AstraZeneca at a summit. The manufacturer must first provide the missing vaccine dose to the EU.

30 million cans are to be delivered by the end of March – less than a third of the agreed amount. Johnson described such a siege as “not effective.” According to BBC.com, he warned that this could prevent vaccines being made for Biotech / Pfizer in Belgium. Individual components are made in the UK; Components for the astrogenic vaccine are again available in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Boris Johnson returned to India in the face of the conflict with the European Union. Last week he sent his trusted Lord Eddie Lister to New Delhi. This visit was supposed to guarantee new vaccine deliveries, but it failed. The Prime Minister will travel to India in April.