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Von der Leyen admits slowdown

Ursula von der Leyen. AFP

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has acknowledged that the EU has taken too long to approve a vaccine against Covid – “We are not where we want to be,” she said in a speech to the European Parliament.

Von der Leyen was criticized by parliamentarians for

However, she was convinced that the decision to order vaccines together was the right one, according to the BBC.

Covid vaccination – 19 in Berlin. AFP

The European Commission has been criticized for the length of time it has taken to provide vaccines. A plan to that effect was approved in June last year. Vaccines were agreed on behalf of EU member states.

Vaccines have been delayed by manufacturers, including Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech.

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