© Reuters. File photo: Due to the ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, healthcare professionals are handling Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine vials at Amiens’ Korian Samarobriva Ehpad. .. January 7, 2021.
Berlin (Reuters)-France has postponed 1.8 billion EU orders for the BioNTech / Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine planned for the next two years, a German newspaper quoted EU diplomats on Friday. As I said, Paris upheld the deal and was just asking questions.
In the report, the German daily Die Welt said the reason for the hesitation in Paris was unknown, but diplomats hope French companies will play a bigger role in vaccine production. I guessed it was.
At a recent meeting of the European Union Ministers on vaccine orders, the French representative postponed the decision by raising technical questions and requests for explanation, Die Welt reported.
A spokesman for the French Ministry of Industry was asked about the report and told Reuters: “Contrary to what was reported, France officially endorsed the (vaccine) contract within the framework of the formal European Commission.”
“We are asking common sense questions about the public health challenges we are facing.”
The global demand for booster doses and vaccines for young people is so great that the EU government fears they will be too late and may lose orders.
“It will be a disaster that France will be liable for,” Die Welt quoted as a diplomat said.
The EU is lagging behind countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19, causing tensions within the block of 27 countries and urging criticism from political leaders.
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France postpones EU order for COVID-19 vaccine-German Welt by Reuters
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