European Commission to defend vaccine plan as virus forces more curbs

Brussels (AFP) – The European Commission chief prepared to defend its stumbling vaccine rollout before the EU parliament on Wednesday as the pandemic’s grip on the continent forced Greece into tightening a lockdown around its capital. Europe has logged a third of the more than 2.3 million lives lost globally to the virus, which is spreading rapidly despite the start of vaccinations in many nations and forcing the reimposition of unpopular and economically punishing restrictions. Leaders of the European Union have been engaged in bitter public rows with pharmaceutical firms over supply shortage…

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