How Europe fell behind on vaccines

The EU secured some of the lowest prices in the world. At what cost?

The European Union’s vaccination effort came under fire just as it was beginning to deliver.

Heralded for months as the flagship of European solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission’s strategy of joint vaccine procurement is now being accused by national leaders of being too bureaucratic, too limiting to its members, too slow.

Specifically, the bloc’s decisions to prioritize process over speed and to put solidarity between EU countries ahead of giving individual governments more room to maneuver have been criticized for holding back the coronavirus response.

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