‘It’s been a success!’ EU Commissioner claims bloc has done ‘a good job’ on jabs rollout

EU: Nicolas Schmit praises vaccine rollout

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Speaking to France24, Nicolas Schmit, the European Union’s commissioner for jobs and social rights, claimed the coronavirus vaccine rollout had been “a success” for the bloc. The EU Commissioner also said how the vaccine rollout is “permanently increasing”. His claims come despite months of delayed rollout, cancellations and fears over the AstraZeneca vaccine’s links to blood clots which led to growing scepticism over the vaccine amongst EU member state populations.

Mr Schmit said: “The EU has done a good job on the vaccines. 

“Vaccination is of the responsibility of member states the Commission is not organising the vaccination in the member states.”

The commissioner then went on to claim the European Union’s jabs programme has been a “success” despite repeated cancellation of the AstraZeneca vaccine, increased vaccine scepticism and the jabs blockade saga with Britain.

He said: “But I think what has been done to provide the vaccines has been quite a success!”

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The jobs and social rights commissioner then went on to claim the bloc’s vaccine programme is “permanently increasing”.

Mr Schmit said: “And we see now that he quantities of vaccines are permanently increasing.”

He claimed: “So that by July a high percentage of European citizens will be vaccinated.”

The commissioners comments come as on Thursday the bloc congratulated Britain for its rapid rollout of the covid vacine. 

 

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The European commission singled out Britain’s vaccine success in a report which said the UK’s scheme had “progressed rather quickly”.

Compared to Germany, where 8.2 million Germans are fully vaccinated, that only amounts to just 10 percent of the country’s overall population.

And in its latest economic forecast, the European Commission also said the UK is on track for a GDP increase of five percent this year and 5.3 percent in 2022.

This was more promising than the recovery figures predicted for the 27-member bloc where the Commission forecast the average GDP rise across the EU to be between 4.2 percent and 4.4 percent.

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The news comes as Boris Johnson has green lit an inquiry into his government”s handling of the pandemic, which could see the UK be compared to the response of EU nations as part of the coronavirus public inquiry due to take place next spring.

The move would give the first real insight into whether the UK responded better or worse to the virus than other places across the globe.

Britain has 127,651 coronavirus deaths, the fifth-highest number in the world, and the largest in Europe.

But questions have been raised about how the UK’s four nations are recording coronavirus deaths, with some believing the UK is being stricter in its tally than other countries.

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