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Vaccine hesitancy fueling EU's economic woes

 

Jerome Hughes
Press TV, Brussels

EU officials claim those refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are contributing to economic uncertainty across the 27-country bloc. More than 100 million adults in the EU are refusing to take the jab.


The latest data published by the European Medicines Agency on Tuesday shows 20% of adults in the EU are unwilling to get a coronavirus vaccine and only 40% of adults have opted to take a booster jab.

Many citizens remain divided on the subject of vaccination.

Also on Tuesday, EU finance ministers met to discuss the impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, supply chain bottlenecks, labour shortages, rising energy prices and record-high eurozone inflation.

But that won't immediately fix the growing social crisis in the EU. Experts say the pandemic has highlighted the consequences of privatizing essential services across the bloc, such as healthcare.


Due to continued partial lockdowns and travel restrictions, EU finance ministers say the true economic impact of Brexit has not yet been exposed.
In this regard, it's claimed, COVID-19 is actually acting as a shield for authorities in Brussels but perhaps particularly in London.


 


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