EU countries are suffering from monkeypox vaccine shortages due to a slow procurement programme, experts warn
- EU doctors turned away patients due to too few doses of monkeypox vaccine
- The UK has ordered more than 100,000 vaccines, but the EU only has 169,000 for 27 members
- “The vaccine is not currently available in Belgium,” said the Brussels doctor
The EU is poised to repeat its mess with the Covid vaccine, saying it failed to administer the monkeypox jabs.
Doctors are having to turn away patients due to a lack of doses, with the bloc’s collective purchasing policy floundering again.
While the United Kingdom ordered more than 100,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine, the Eurocrats obtained only 160,000 for their 27 members.
The EU has created a new health body, HERA, after failing to secure Covid vaccines at the same rate as countries like the UK. Pictured: A person receives a dose of monkeypox vaccine at GGD Haaglanden in The Hague, Netherlands
In a single weekend, up to 1,000 vaccinations were recorded in London. But in hotspot Madrid, where monkeypox deaths have occurred, only 790 have been vaccinated in total.
Dr Jean-Christophe Goffard from Erasme Hospital in Brussels said: “The vaccine is not currently available in Belgium.
“We had a growing demand for tests … and almost 90 percent came back positive.”
“We do not feel that we are currently able to control the epidemic very well.”
While the UK has ordered more than 100,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine, the Eurocrats have secured just 160,000 for their 27 members. Pictured: People queue for monkeypox vaccinations during a pop-up clinic at Guy’s Hospital in central London
The two biggest EU powers, France and Germany, have turned their backs on the EU system and are buying their own vaccines.
France has enough delivered to target around 250,000 people. Germany also bypassed the EU and ordered 240,000 bottles.
The EU has created a new health body, HERA, after failing to secure Covid vaccines at the same rate as countries like the UK.
An EU spokesman said joint procurement for the sting was “in preparation”.
Former Brexit Secretary David Jones said: “The bloc’s clumsy bureaucracy… has once again shown itself to lack the agility enjoyed by a newly independent UK.”