EU: Austrian Chancellor criticises vaccine delivery strategy
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The European Parliament will fork out £3.6 million of taxpayers’ cash on an exclusive vaccination centre. Politicians and their staff will “access to the vaccination as soon as the vaccine doses are available”, according to an internal memo seen by Express.co.uk. The Covid jabs will be provided “free of charge” to the state-of-the-art vaccination by Belgian health chiefs.
It will come to a bitter blow to European citizens that have struggled to get a shot as a result of the EU’s shambolic vaccines scheme.
Similar centres are being planned to ensure eurocrats at the European Commission and Council all receive their jabs.
In Belgium, where the facilities will be located, vaccines have been administered to less than one in 10 adults – less than the EU-wide average.
The country has been forced to delay its mass vaccination programme due to shortages from the Commission-led joint buy-up of jabs.
In contrast, more than 24 million people have now had a first dose in Britain, at a rate of 37 percent of our population.
A Romanian MEP said: “The Brussels bureaucrats always find a way to get more privileges for themselves, while imposing on others more rules and regulations.
“While the vaccination campaign across EU led by the Brussels bureaucrats is falling apart, the EU officials managed to get early vaccination.
“It seems that they just can’t wait to start booking their summer holidays.
“Will the early jabbing of EU officials mean they can already start booking their summer holidays in Martinique?”
The EU Parliament’s vaccination centre will be manned by specially-trained nurses to administer the jabs.
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In a memo, officials also claimed the institution’s high-tech coronavirus testing centre will remain open to ensure the euro politicians don’t have to mix with the general public.
MEPs have access to the luxury facility, which is screening more than 200 people a day, while ordinary Belgians face lengthy queues at mass testing villages set up across Brussels.
“The Medical Service in Brussels will also continue to provide on-demand health advice and monitoring to all Members and Parliament staff, provide medical and psychological support to staff during the pandemic, and maintain in-house COVID-19 surveillance, contact tracing and testing strategy, corona helplines and advice in connection with crisis management,” the memo reads.
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EU Parliament officials say their vaccination scheme will dish out jabs in line with local Belgian rules.
As part of the country’s “Phase 1B”, it has this month only started to roll out vaccines to over-65s and people with serious medical conditions, such as diabetes and cancer.
In an email to MEPs and their staff, they were warned “the date is not yet known” for when under-65s will be offered a jab.
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