EU chief admits bloc was 'too late' on vaccine approvals

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has acknowledged mistakes in the EU’s vaccine strategy but also defended its core principles. “We were too late on the approvals,” the top EU official told the European Parliament. “And perhaps we were too sure that what we ordered would actually arrive on time.” “We underestimated the difficulty relating to mass production,” the German politician conceded. “In a way, science surpassed industry.” However, von der Leyen defended the choice to opt for conditional market authorization rather than emergency approval for vaccines in the bloc. “Ther…

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