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EU nations are suffering shortage of monkeypox vaccine because of slow procurement programme

EU countries face shortage of monkeypox vaccine due to slow procurement programme, experts warn

  • EU doctors rejected patients due to lack of monkeypox vaccines
  • The UK has ordered over 100,000 vaccines, but the EU has only 169,000 for 27 members
  • ‘The vaccine is currently not available in Belgium,’ said a Brussels doctor

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The EU plans to repeat its Covid vaccine mess of failing to deliver monkeypox shots.

Doctors have to turn down patients due to lack of doses, and the bloc’s collective purchasing policy stalls again.

While the UK has ordered more than 100,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox, Eurocrats have purchased just 160,000 for its 27 members.

The EU has set up a new health agency, HERA, after failing to secure Covid vaccines at the same rate as countries like the UK.  Pictured: A person receives a dose of the Monkeypox vaccine at the GGD Haaglanden in The Hague in the Netherlands

The EU has set up a new health agency, HERA, after failing to secure Covid vaccines at the same rate as countries like the UK. Pictured: A person receives a dose of the Monkeypox vaccine at the GGD Haaglanden in The Hague in the Netherlands

As many as 1,000 vaccinations were registered in a single weekend in London. But in Madrid’s hotspot, where monkey pox has died, there have been only 790 vaccinations in total.

dr. Jean-Christophe Goffard, from the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels, said: ‘The vaccine is currently not available in Belgium.

“We’ve had a growing demand for tests… and nearly 90 percent of them are positive.

“We don’t have the impression that we can manage the epidemic well at the moment.”

While the UK has ordered more than 100,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox, Eurocrats have purchased just 160,000 for its 27 members.  Pictured: People line up to get monkey pox vaccinations at a pop-up clinic at Guy's Hospital in central London

While the UK has ordered more than 100,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox, Eurocrats have purchased just 160,000 for its 27 members.  Pictured: People line up to get monkey pox vaccinations at a pop-up clinic at Guy's Hospital in central London

While the UK has ordered more than 100,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox, Eurocrats have purchased just 160,000 for its 27 members. Pictured: People line up to get monkey pox vaccinations at a pop-up clinic at Guy’s Hospital in central London

The two biggest powers of the EU, France and Germany, have turned their backs on the EU scheme and are buying their own vaccines.

France has provided enough to target about 250,000 people. Germany also bypassed the EU to order 240,000 bottles.

The EU has set up a new health agency, HERA, after failing to secure Covid vaccines at the same rate as countries like the UK.

An EU spokesperson said a joint procurement of jabs was ‘in preparation’.

Former Brexit minister David Jones said: ‘The bloc’s cumbersome bureaucracy… has shown yet again that it lacks the agility of the newly independent UK.’

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