January 28 – Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe of the World Health Organization, said on Thursday (28th) that vaccine manufacturers are constantly trying to supply EU countries that are in short supplying coronavirus vaccines, and urging countries not to quarrel over vaccine distribution.
According to Reuters, Kruger said at the online press conference on that day that solidarity does not necessarily mean that every country in the world begins to vaccinate at the same time; it is understood that no one can be alone before everyone is safe.
Asked about the delay in the delivery of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to patients in 27 EU countries, Kruger said governments and manufacturers should work together to address “highlighting issues” in vaccine supply.
Kruger said that manufacturers are accelerating production at a speed of 7 times 24 hours to narrow the gap with vaccine demand, and people will see an increase in production in the future.
It is reported that the European Union earlier asked AstraZeneca to transfer vaccine supplies from the United Kingdom, while the United Kingdom requested to receive all the vaccines it had paid for. The European Union and the British side play a game on this.
In addition, it is reported that the EU lags far behind Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States in the distribution of vaccines, and the EU is currently scrambling to seek vaccine supplies.
Kruger said, “We need to wait patiently and take some time to get the vaccine.” A total of 35 countries in Europe have been vaccinated with 25 million vaccines, Kruger added.
However, the persistent high transmission rate and emerging viral variants make it urgent to vaccinate key populations, and the production and distribution of vaccines are still not as fast as expected.