BERLIN (AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the EU’s problems with the supply of coronavirus vaccines needed to be redoubled to produce its own doses.
Speaking to parliament ahead of the EU summit, Merkel acknowledged that vaccination in Germany had not gone as fast as we had hoped. But he dismissed criticism that not enough shots had been ordered, saying instead that it referred to many of them.
“We can clearly see that the British facilities are made for the UK. “The United States does not export, so we depend on what can be produced in Europe,” he said.
At the summit, he said European leaders planned to talk about how the alliance could ensure a future sustainable vaccine supply.
Merkel has previously urged the EU to be “very careful” about banning the export of vaccines. But he said he supported the efforts of the bloc’s executive committee to ensure that vaccine contracts were met, citing problems with the EU shooting AstraZeneca.
He told parliament that in addition to providing its own supply, the EU should work with other vaccine-producing countries to ensure that enough vaccines are available to anyone who needs them.
“If that fails, we will again and again encounter mutations that increase the likelihood that vaccines will no longer be effective,” he said.
Germany has reported more than 75,000 deaths since the outbreak. The country’s Centers for Disease Control reported 22,657 newly confirmed daily cases on Thursday, up from 17,504 new cases a week earlier.
“We are in the third wave, we are seeing exponential growth again,” Merkel warned.
Earlier this week, Merkel և governors agreed on a new framework to try to slow the spread of the virus, although she backed down from a five-day break due to Easter.
Restaurants, bars and many entertainment venues remain closed. A plan earlier this month to allow limited reopening of stores, such as stores, includes an “emergency brake” under which regions are expected to re-apply restrictions when the number of weekly infections exceeds 100 per 100,000 population. consecutive days.
Germany currently registers 113.3 new cases per week per 100,000 population, with wide regional variations.
Merkel urged Germans to get vaccinated as soon as possible, using coronavirus tests as a “bridge” to slow the spread of the virus until enough people have been vaccinated.
“The more we try, the less we have to limit,” he said.
He said that along with the added vaccine tests, “there is light at the end of the tunnel”, he urged the Germans to be as positive as possible.
“You can not achieve anything if only when you see the negative,” he said. “It is not said in vain that the glass may be half full or half empty. “If it is always only half full, we will not be able to develop the creative forces needed as a country to get out of this crisis.”
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