US vs EU Vaccine Distribution is in the spotlight after the European Union bungled its inoculation efforts. Here’s what both sides are saying. To have stories like this and more delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
Top Story: US vs EU Vaccine Distribution
The AP reports: “The European Union moved Wednesday toward imposing stricter export controls for coronavirus vaccines, seeking to make sure there are more COVID-19 shots to boost the bloc’s flagging vaccine campaign as new infections surge.
The EU’s executive body said on the eve of a summit of the EU’s 27 leaders that it has a plan to guarantee that more vaccines produced in the bloc are available for its own citizens even if it comes at the cost of helping nations outside the bloc.
The EU move is expected to be a blow to Britain, whose speedy vaccination rollout has been eyed with envy by many EU nations, especially since it came as the UK formally completed its Brexit divorce from the bloc. The latest figures show that 45% of British adults have had at least one vaccine shot, compared to less than 14% for the bloc.” Here’s what both sides are saying about the matter:
On The Left
While the left finds fault with inadequate EU vaccine distribution thus far, they applaud its decision to take action and right the ship in order to ramp up disbursement for its citizens.
In the New York Times, a trio of writers speak to a slow and rigid EU that “shopped for vaccines like a customer.” They contrast this with the US, which “basically went into business with the drugmakers, spending much more heavily to accelerate vaccine development, testing, and production.” They believe the EU, however, can still make progress as they shift away from their cautious stance and look to authorize emergency mechanisms that will allow the bloc to seize vaccine production for use at home. Keep reading (subscription)
On The Right
When considering the current EU plight, the right commends the Trump administration for superior vaccine development and distribution in the US.
Guy Benson states in TownHall that the EU vaccine distribution failure is further evidence that Trump’s vaccine management was superior to Europe, that the UK was right to leave the EU, and that elite opinions were “dreadfully wrong on both counts.” He writes that an emergency (in this case, the COVID-19 pandemic) is exactly the right time to “cut through bureaucratic entanglements in order to hasten the achievement of a desperately urgent goal.” Benson commends the Trump administration for having “recognized this, and many American lives have undoubtedly been saved as a result of their decisions.” Keep reading.
Flag This: US vs EU Vaccine Distribution
Speaking of vaccines it has not been a good week for AstraZeneca. The pharmaceutical giant is under scrutiny for essentially cherry-picking data during their latest COVID-19 vaccine trial. This news follows on the heels of other reports that countries overseas paused their distribution due to fear of blood clots in some of the vaccinated people. Although health agencies have tentatively given the shot the “thumbs up”, Europeans are still wary of the AstraZeneca vaccine according to a YouGov study. A majority of Germans now believe the vaccine is unsafe, compared to just 43% in a previous study. The numbers are similar in other European countries, indicating that the EU may face additional challenges in their rapid vaccination catch-up attempt.