It comes after Germany’s Chancellor rejected a suggestion she should receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab to “lead by example”. Europe’s largest economy has only approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in people aged 65 or younger.
Reports suggest an estimated 1.4 million doses of that particular jab remain in storage due to a resistance from Germany’s public to take the Oxford vaccine.
In an interview with a German newspaper, Ms Merkel responded to the suggestion she should “lead by example” and be vaccinated with the jab on camera to control this “acceptance problem”.
She responded: “I am 66 years old and I do not belong to the group recommended for AstraZeneca.”
Her comments come after French President Emmanuel Macron previously blasted the AstraZeneca jab as “quasi-ineffective on people older than 65, some say those 60 years or older”.
British author and political commentator, Douglas Murray, wrote in a comment piece for The Telegraph that both Ms Merkel and Mr Macron “deserve condemnation”.
He said: “Given the present vaccination rates across the EU, European leaders should be doing everything in their power to encourage vaccine take-up among the general population.
“The comparative figures are – or should be – deeply embarrassing for the EU.
“Almost 29 percent of the UK population has received at least one vaccine shot.
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“What would happen in the UK if the Prime Minister urged the general public to take a vaccine but then said that there was no way he would be willing to take it himself?”
Earlier this week Ms Merkel warned that Germany could enter another lockdown due to a third wave of infections.
The Chancellor gave her comments about another possible wave of restrictions before the country has even exited its current lockdown.
COVID-19 cases in Germany have started to increase with only four percent of its public vaccinated against the disease.
Speaking to German media, Ms Merkel said: “Because of (variants), we are entering a new phase of the pandemic, from which a third wave may emerge.
“So we must proceed wisely and carefully so that a third wave does not necessitate a new complete shutdown throughout Germany.”
She added: “An intelligent opening strategy is inextricably linked with comprehensive quick tests, as it were as free tests.
“I cannot say exactly how long it will take to install such a system. But it will be in March.”
On Wednesday, German newspapers praised Britain’s successful jab rollout compared to the EU’s vaccination farce.
German tabloid Bild wrote on its front page: “Dear Brits, we envy you!”
They added: “The English have announced their return to normality on June 21 . . . and here there’s no hope.”