Despite being regarded as the powerhouse of the European Union, one journalist warned Angela Merkel had now lost the trust of the public. With the Chancellor refusing to take the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine, Thomas Kielinger UK correspondent for Die Welt praised Boris Johnson’s vaccine programme. Not only has the German Chancellor failed Germany but combined with Ursula von der Leyen, damaged the reputation of the EU.
Due to Ms Merkel’s refusal to take the Oxford jab, many Germans have now insisted they will not take the jab thus causing a “malaise” across the country, Mr Kielinger stated.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph he said: “To use Johnsonian rhetoric: ‘Germany vacillates, Britain vaccinates’.”
Just 6.2 million people have been vaccinated in Germany, while the UK has now vaccinated 20,275,451 people as of February 28.
Such is the success of the vaccine programme, German newspaper Bild, ran a headline claiming Germany envies the UK.
Mr Kielinger added: “As far as a national malaise goes, it doesn’t get much worse.
“I’m not talking about Covid itself, but rather Germany’s failure to get to grips with it via an orderly vaccine rollout while Brexit Britain races ahead, a malaise that has hit Germany at the very core of its psyche.”
Ms Merkel has come under intense pressure across Germany over her refusal to take the Oxford vaccine.
Germany, like France, had declared the vaccine to be ineffective for over-65s.
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The vaccine will now be cleared for use in the country although only 273,000 of the 1.7 million shots were used by the end of the month, official figures state.
The drug has been widely used in tandem with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine across the UK.
In support of its efficacy, Public Health England data has shown the Oxford drug to cut the need for hospital treatment by over 80 percent.
The drug was also shown to cut covid symptoms by 60 percent three weeks after the first dose.
Due to this, the UK’s deputy chief medical officer professor Jonathan Van-Tam vindicated the vaccine.
Last week, data on the UK’s vaccine programme found one shot reduces the risk of hospitalisation by at least 75 percent of the over-80s.