European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged that the European Union was not where it wanted to be in the fight against the coronavirus. Mrs von der Leyen suggested the bloc had been “too optimistic” about its abilities to manage the mass distribution of the vaccine across the bloc. Addressing MEPs in Brussels, the Commission President said: “We were late with the approval.
“We were too optimistic on mass production.
“And perhaps we were also too certain that the orders would actually be delivered on time.”
She continued: “It was correct and is correct that we Europeans ordered the vaccine collectively and now share in solidarity.
“I don’t even want to imagine what it would have meant if some big members would have ordered the vaccine and the rest would not have gotten anything.
“What would that have meant for our single market and the unity of Europe.”
Mrs von der Leyen added: “In economic terms, this would have been nonsense and it would have meant the end of our community.”