Germans turn on EU! Ursula von der Leyen’s vaccine farce sparks outrage on continent
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Two-thirds say Brussels’s reputation has been dealt a blow by its sluggish scheme to distribute doses of Covid jabs across the bloc. Ursula von der Leyen, the German president of the European Commission, took most of the blame as her vaccine scheme falls desperately behind schedule, according to half the respondents to the survey. A meagre six percent of participants said their view of the EU has improved because of the top eurocrat’s effort to take control of the procurement of coronavirus vaccines.
The results of the survey by German weekly magazine Der Spiegel suggested the jab fiasco could harm the bloc’s future.
In the survey, 22 percent said their image of the European Union ”mostly deteriorated” due to the vaccine chaos. While almost twice as many (42 percent) even stated that it “clearly deteriorated”.
Britain has vaccinated more people than the whole of the EU – which has a population seven times bigger.
The UK has dished out at least one dose to 14 million people.
In contrast, Brussels’ shambolic scheme has only reached 12.5 million in total.
Mrs von der Leyen has claimed she will have offered a jab to 70 percent of Europe’s adults by September 21.
German finance giant Allianz has warned the bloc’s rollout is already five weeks behind schedule.
They estimate the delay could cost the EU’s economy £80 billion.
Earlier this week, Mrs von der Leyen issued a grovelling apology to Europeans for the state of the vaccine scheme.
She conceded the bloc was too slow to sign contracts and authorise the use of doses of Covid jabs.
“We were late to authorise,” the EC President told the EU Parliament.
“We were too optimistic when it came to massive production, and perhaps too confident that what we ordered would actually be delivered on time.”
But despite the bungled scheme’s failures, Mrs von der Leyen defended it and claimed following Britain’s go-it-alone model could’ve caused the EU to collapse.
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“I can’t even imagine if a few big players had rushed to it and the others went empty-handed,” she said.
“In economic terms, it would have been nonsense and it would have been I think the end of our community.”
Mrs von der Leyen also said she was deeply regretful for threatening the Northern Ireland peace process in order to blockade vaccine shipments to Britain.
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The move to prevent Covid jabs entering the UK inflamed tensions between Britain and the EU amid growing anger at the bloc’s shambolic vaccine rollout.
She said: ”The bottom line is mistakes were made leading up to the decision. I deeply regret that.
“In the end, we got it right and I can reassure you that my Commission will do its utmost to protect the peace on Northern Ireland, just as it has done through the entire Brexit process.”
5,020 people in Germany took part in the Civey survey from 9 to 11 February 2021.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg
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