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Viktor Orbán arrives for the first day of an EU Summit in the Europa, the European Union Council headquarter on December 10, 2020, in Brussels, Belgium. EU leaders to finalise concessions to Poland and Hungary on Thursday on rule of law conditionality to unblock MFF and Recovery Plan (© Thierrty Monasse / Getty Images).

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President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen is talking to media at the end of a video conference meeting of the members of the European Council focused on the Covid-19 pandemic in the Justus Lipsius building, the EU Council headquarter, on January 21, 2021, in Brussels, Belgium.

A medical worker prepares to administer the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Brussels, Belgium, February 2, 2021. (Johanna Geron/Reuters)

On the eve of the EU’s first antigen-type vaccine clearance, its rollout of COVID shots already had the look of a train wreck.

On January 29, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, a type known as “viral vector,” received a “conditional marketing authorization” for use in the EU on the recommendation of the Union’s European Medicines Agency. But a week earlier, the company’s expected lead role in vaccinating the EU’s population of 450 million had begun to run into trouble. The next few weeks may determine whether the EU’s response to the pandemic manages to become, if belatedly, an adequate one or whether…

Jorge González-Gallarza

A writer in Paris, Jorge's work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Conservative, The National Interest and elsewhere.

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