Shortage of coronavirus shots heaps pressure on European leaders

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Shortage of coronavirus shots heaps pressure on European leaders

Disarray of mass vaccination programme sparks criticism of those who oversaw procurement

Ben Hall, Guy Chazan, Victor Mallet and Daniel Dombey

Edleff Joachim should have been among the first to receive a jab when Germany launched its mass Covid-19 vaccination programme on December 27. A month on, the 84-year-old is still waiting.

“It’s just chaos,” said Joachim, who lives in the town of Görlitz on the Polish border. “No-one seems to kn ow what’s going on.”

His frustration bears testament to a German vaccination drive in disarray — a mess now replicated across much of the EU due to a shortage of doses. Over-80s were supposed to be inoculated first, with care-home residents, but tens of thousands of eligible Germans have yet to get the shot...

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