MEPs from the right-wing Lega Nord, which backs the new Mario Draghi government, have backed an initiative of Austria and Denmark to form an alliance with Israel to produce second-generation vaccines against COVID-19 variants, thus moving away from Europe’s joint vaccination strategy.
The MEPs wrote in a note that “the announcement of Austria and Denmark that they no longer rely on the EU and want to proceed independently to obtain vaccines […] represents the umpteenth and sensational confirmation of the failure of the strategy carried out so far by Brussels.”
Vienna and Copenhagen have decided to break ranks with Brussels and instead turn to Israel to produce second-generation vaccines against COVID-19 mutations.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz criticised European Medicines Agency’s slow pace of approving vaccines and said: “We must therefore prepare for further mutations and should no longer be dependent only on the EU for the production of second-generation vaccines.”
Similarly, Denmark’s PM Mette Frederiksen commented: “I don’t think it can stand alone, because we need to increase capacity. That is why we are now fortunate to start a partnership with Israel.” (Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)