Olaf Scholes, who will be deputy, called on commission chairman Ursula van der Leyen at a cabinet meeting on Monday and said he could not leave Berlin. “This story needs to be repeated” and the vaccine disaster “a shame”.
Scholes has been a key cabinet member in Germany’s Social Democratic Party, the ruling partner of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, for 12 of the last 16 years.
The Social Democrats vehemently opposed the appointment of Merkel’s former defense minister and old ally Van der Ley to the European Commission, describing her as an “inappropriate and inappropriate candidate.”
With the upcoming federal elections (September 2021), CDU’s Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spann face stiff criticism over vaccination in Germany, where only 3.2% of the population has been vaccinated so far. 15.7% – 5% in the United Kingdom or Denmark.
This week, Merkel backed the EU process, saying it hurts others to be vaccinated so quickly, but insists the alliance’s strategy is the right one, albeit a slow one.
“A virus that affects all of us cannot be defeated by one country,” he said.
SPD wants to improve its stake in the referendum, which is now 15% credited, relying on attacks on coalition partners, trying to attract people frustrated by the vaccination program.
Merkel and Spahn were criticized for allowing the commission to control the distribution of vaccines, which, with the support of 27 people, prevented the export of defense equipment with the support of 27 people to prevent the first wave of the epidemic from spreading.
It was feared that such an approach would be repeated with vaccines, that countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands would be saved quickly, and that smaller countries such as Croatia and Slovakia would be exhausted.
The commission eventually ordered $ 2.3 billion from six manufacturers, but without any experience in such a process, treating the negotiations as commercial negotiations, focusing on price, would be more than just investing in getting the maximum quantities quickly.
This led to the issuance of EU orders a few months later than those issued by London and Washington, and the crisis in vaccine supply forced many EU countries, including Germany, to suspend the vaccination program.