Europe continues to ease restrictions linked to Corona and is leaving doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine
European countries, led by Spain, continue to gradually return to "normal life", while leaving doubts surrounding its strategy in vaccination campaigns against the Corona virus, after announcing that it would not renew its orders for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The European Union has not, at present, renewed its contract to obtain more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the period after June, according to what European Commissioner Thierry Bruton announced Sunday.
With this statement, the European official left doubts surrounding whether this decision means a final rejection of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"It's not over yet, wait," he said, adding, "We have started" to renew contracts with Pfizer / Biontech, but "we will have other (contracts)."
On Saturday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the conclusion of a new contract to purchase up to 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine.
"More decades and other technologies will follow," she added.
The contract with the allied German and American laboratories in the production of the vaccine provides for deliveries from this year until 2023.
French President Emmanuel Macron added to the uncertainty when the press asked him about the fate of the European contract with AstraZeneca.
He said during the opening of the conference on the future of Europe in Strasbourg that the AstraZeneca vaccine "will help us out of the crisis."
"But in response to the mutated versions of the virus, we see that there are other vaccines today that are more effective," he added, referring to the "pragmatism" that the European Union has always proven in the issue of vaccines.
On Monday, experts from the European Medicines Agency will head to Russia to inspect the factories of the Sputnik-V vaccine, which has not yet been licensed in the European Union, although Hungary has begun using it.
In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm easing the restrictions associated with the epidemic, based on the improvement of the health situation, according to his media office on Sunday.
In Germany, more than seven million people have received the vaccine, benefiting from the easing of strict health restrictions.
This will allow them to assemble and enter any store without presenting a negative examination, as is the case at present for all citizens, with the exception of stores that are considered "essential" such as food stores and pharmacies.
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus reopens its borders Monday to vaccinated tourists from 65 countries.
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