THE EU has been told to give its five million unused Covid jabs to poorer countries amid its “criminal” vaccine rollout.
This comes as four out of five jabs bought by European Union nations are sitting in fridges as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage around the world.
The EU has been urged to give its unused Covid jabs to poorer countriesCredit: Getty – Pool
Meanwhile, 130 impoverished countries have yet to vaccinate anyone.
European Institute policy group director Professor Adam Tooze said an unused jab “equals a crime.”
He said: “Unless that rate rises, all new supply should be reallocated to low income countries.
“We need to get shots in people’s arms. Unused shots equal a crime.”
Tens of thousands of people have refused to have the AstraZeneca jab after politicians including Emmanuel Macron questioned its effectiveness on older people.
Real-world data now shows it is highly effective in cutting hospital admissions in all age groups.
It emerged four in five of the 6.1million AstraZeneca doses delivered to the bloc are still unused.
Meanwhile, only 6.82 per cent of the EU’s population have been inoculated compared with more than 28 per cent in the UK.
The European Union has also been urged to share its unused vaccines with poorer countries by the ONE Campaign charity.
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A report by the charity said ten rich nations had carried out three quarters of the planet’s Covid inoculations.
ONE Campaign also says that 27 European Union nations along with the US, Japan, Britain, Australia, and Canada had bought three BILLION JABS.
That’s 1.2billion more than is needed to double dose their entire populations.
The charity’s UK director Romilly Greenhill told the Metro: “That rich countries have excess vaccines, while more than 100 poorer countries have had to go without delivering a single dose, is simply wrong.
“If it is allowed to thrive anywhere, the chances increase of strains emerging which current vaccines might not be effective against.”
Meanwhile, the EU’s jab fiasco is laid bare in alarming graphs that show it will take another six months to vaccinate just 30 per cent of its adult population.
At the same time, the UK will have given 96 per cent of adults two doses of a Covid remedy by the end of summer if the current rate continues.
Millions of unused jabs are sitting in fridgesCredit: EPA
According to Politico’s vaccine tracker research using EU data, most European nations will get nowhere near their target of jabbing 70 per cent of adults by September 22.
In February, Germany’s biggest selling paper Bild admitted Britain’s vaccine success is the envy of Europe in a front-page banner slating EU failures.
And on Sunday a leading MEP blamed the “dead hand of EU bureaucracy” for delays while Britain was able to take advantage of “Brexit freedoms”.
Authorities in several countries have been forced to admit they were wrong to limit the successful Oxford-AstraZeneca jab to under 65s.
France yesterday changed its rules so it can be given to patients up to 74.
Germany’s vaccine committee boss Thomas Mertens said new rules are imminent, adding: “Somehow the whole thing went very badly”.
And a group of German scientists urged the government to follow Britain and delay the second dose, calculating it would save 15,000 lives.
Major EU countries will vaccinate less than a third of adults by September at the current rate