EU's joint procurement of vaccines needs rethinking - dep FM

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The European Union's policy on the joint purchases of Covid-19 vaccines should be rethought, a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.

The slow rate of vaccinations in EU countries compared to those outside the bloc, and rumours of member states breaking ranks by buying vaccines independently have raised question marks over the EU’s procurement procedure.

"I think that the entire policy of the European Union towards the joint procurement of vaccines requires deep reflection and we can already see today that there is widespread dissatisfaction throughout the EU with how it has been done," Pawel Jablonski told Polish radio.

He added that, "the EU turned out to be not as effective once again" as the countries which made purchases independently.

In Jablonski's opinion, the fact that Germany bought Covid-19 vaccines outside the EU’s programme is "further proof that certain mechanisms need to be corrected and reformed," because in the EU "double standards are applied to Poland and to other countries on various topics and issues."

Asked whether Poland should buy Covid-19 vaccines outside the EU mechanism, he said Poland is so far "properly secured" regarding the number of ordered doses, however it depends on the producers sticking to their declarations on production numbers and deliveries.

The US pharmaceutical company Pfizer has temporarily reduced the supplies of its Covid-19 vaccines to European countries as it upgrades its European plant to increase capacity.