EU vaccine policy partly responsible for third wave - health minister

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The EU's vaccination procurement policy is partly responsible for the third coronavirus wave in Europe, Poland's health minister said on Saturday.

Adam Niedzielski told private radio broadcaster Radio Zet that problems with the deliveries of anti-Covid-19 jabs had exacerbated the pandemic.

"In January we accelerated, it was not such a problem, but at the moment unfortunately it can be said that this European Union purchasing policy will be partly responsible for the fact that we have the third wave in Europe," Niedzielski said.

The health minister said he had talked to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki several times on the subject and that the government "is trying to exert a certain type of pressure on the European Commission."

He said it was not about apportioning blame but that the EC should use its weight against pharmaceutical firms, which it had also sponsored through investment grants prior to the start of vaccine production to co-finance research.