World News: Brussels On the Brink – The EU’s Mass Vaccination Strategy

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The strategy of mass vaccination undertaken by the European Union exposes Brussels to consequences which are as glorious as they are catastrophic as the European Commission knows that any failure could call into question the principle of common governance.

Criticized and vilified for its lack of responsiveness in the implementation of a vaccine strategy, the European Union has suffered from the start of the vaccination campaign a fire of criticism that the President of the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen has attempted to extinguish (lemonde.fr).


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The future will tell if his position silences the critics, but it also appears that only the results of the said campaign engaged will serve as proof of the success, or failure, of the campaign.

However, far from comments of a political nature, or intended as such, it is just as clear that the European Union has both a lot to lose and a lot to gain in this mass vaccination campaign. Much to lose because if the spread of the virus is not stopped before the end of the calendar year, or even the summer period, the Union will still be the object of many criticisms highlighting its inertia, its inability to resolve a continental problem while seeing itself accused on the one hand of having failed in its policy on the other hand of remaining an active viral focus.

Lung and Relevance

It is this second alternative that could seriously damage its reputation. One of the three major world economic poles, along with North America and Asia, the European Union is also, with all due respect to its detractors, a financial, industrial, economic and demographic lung globally thwarted for almost a year. by the coronavirus.

To say that the continental and international credibility of the Union is engaged is a mild understatement given the specter of recession that a rebound of the virus poses, even at the regional level.


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At the same time, any failure of the vaccination campaign would question the relevance of a common structure and its governance when the fatigue, weariness and anger of the people began to rise in the ranks of the peoples in the face of ever more restrictive measures intended to stem the scourge.

Much to gain also because in the event that the vaccine strategy would be sanctioned with success, the European Union could then present the latter as the result of a common sense and thoughtful policy, carried by the sense of the general interest.

Approximations and Concerns

But besides that, it would be legitimate in asserting that the industrial-pharmaceutical choices were the most effective in a pandemic situation where every day brings its share of approximations.


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At the same time, the European Union, which is emerging from bitter negotiations with the United Kingdom within the framework of Brexit, admittedly marked by a compromise generally favorable for Brussels, could easily use this potential success to restore its image and win back the heart of Europe. Europeans sometimes dubious. (touteleurope.eu) **

Certainly. But all these elements are also part of a global context of deep concern on the part of a European Commission and member countries paralyzed at the idea of ​​suffering for many more months the threat of a virus capable of destabilizing, and for a long time, the world economy. (consilium.europe.eu).


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And to claim that the mass vaccination campaign is carried out in the greatest excitement is in no way a form of speculation, some on the old continent having understood that it is was the last chance before a chaos that does not mean its name.

 

 

Bio: Olivier Longhi has extensive experience in European history. A seasoned journalist with fifteen years of experience, he is currently professor of history and geography in the Toulouse region of France. He has held a variety of publishing positions, including Head of Agency and Chief of Publishing. A journalist, recognized blogger, editor, and editorial project manager, he has trained and managed editorial teams, worked as a journalist for various local radio stations, a press and publishing consultant, and a communications consultant.

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