Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim lives and livelihoods, the world is also suffering from an “infodemic” of false information, conspiracy theories and lies about this deadly virus and the vaccines. 

As Liberals, we believe that vaccines are a crucial tool to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control and build back our communities from the social and economic repercussions of this crisis.

Today, we are connecting you with Europe’s liberal leaders to answer all your questions about COVID-19 vaccines! Use the text box above to send us your questions and join us in the fight against lies and disinformation.

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    Marcel Gaub
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-03-21 21:18:23 +0100
    Is there an effort by the ALDE to speed up the assessment of the Sputnik vaccine? As the EU has taken a very neutral stance towards China in spite of their blatant human rights violations, why do we not approach Russia in the same way? There are no internment camps in Russia, yet the overall tone towards them has been very vitriolic and heavily biased. China is not put under the same scrutiny and is barely mentioned at all (situation in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the treatment of the Uyghurs). The cold war is over and Europe needs to rethink the way it treats this multicultural Big Player that shares many cultural norms with Europe.
    Hans-Jorgen Gotsche
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-04 01:24:21 +0100
    Here and now I have no desire to put untested poison in my 77 year old immune body. That body has fought and combatted small-pox, polio and 15 diverse flus through the years. WHY would I get the vaccine ???
    Francisco Silva
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-03 18:50:43 +0100
    Please save Europe you can do it we cannot.

    We write to you in anguish.

    The events of the last week were tragic. We are afraid for the union and there is nothing we can do apart from writing this.


    The behaviour by the commission has been worse than appalling, for a whole range of reasons.

    The procurement of the vaccines stems from a misunderstanding on their part of what their role was in vaccinating the entire of the EU population. Their obligation was not to sign contracts which were hard on liability and very soft on deliveries and schedules. It was to do the opposite. The commission seems to forget that whether the vaccine is safe or not, it’s not up to it. It is up to EMA. The EMA has done its due diligence.

    In other words it was to ensure that the industrial capacity and the supply chain in the EU were as robust as possible. The commission did not even try to do that.

    Confronted by an extended failure in which all the providers for the approved vaccines have said there will be delays and postponements at least for this quarter, the commission started to pile up even more mistakes.

    In public sight it first asked AstraZeneca to divert UK bound vaccines to the EU. A move of such political ineptitude that might be taught in the history books as the beginning of the end of the European project. The UK went into an understandable uproar. Do not get us wrong we do know that at this point there have only been exports of vaccines from Europe to the UK and not the other way around. But the reason for this lies elsewhere and is immaterial in the overall picture.

    The commission then asked AstraZeneca to divulge a contract that in truth confirmed AstraZeneca position. It does not state that the “Best reasonable efforts” would include the UK production capability. There is a strange cloudy line on it where UK is in a parenthesis. The contract again is far from clear and it does not assure the delivery of the benefits required.

    The commission then asked producers to control vaccines exports. This could be seen as a simple negotiation tactic. It wasn’t starting exports just asked for notification of exports, it is unthinkable.

    As a follow up it invoked article 16 of the EU/UK trade deal. This unbalanced the most difficult and fragile part of the deal. In reality of not one but two compromises that were difficult to make.

    No matter the retraction the consequences in the Irish ports are visible. The DUP as profited from the situation to its full extend their political cloud has never been so big. People are being harassed, people are nervous and we shouldn’t be in any way belittle the consequences. All parts of the European region will suffer for years to come.

    The circumstances in which article 16 was invoked will make the history annals of incompetence. A decision to control borders is interpreted as needing article 16. A revised version is circulated 30 min before it being released, no government is consulted no parliamentarian is asked to opine on the matter. No real double check on something that would affect the implementation of the Good Friday agreement. It united everyone on both islands against the commission president. A figure that is many times confound with the EU itself, more than anyone is confounded with any institution she/he presides.

    It is my opinion that this represents not a problem of the EU project but a problem of competence within the president and vice president of the commission. It might be a fatal frailty a single person cannot compromise the European project which is one of the few that present a bright future for mankind.

    Accountability is needed a serious discussion needs to happen. Please present a motion to dismiss the president of the commission and make as much pressure as you can to the members of the council for them to ask for her resignation.

    If the president and vice president of the commission leave the conflict in the island of Ireland will calm down. Even if they don’t leave but there is a great uproar at the commission things will calm down.

    Next time this happens as well the president of the commission will think of its role in the next vaccine procurement with a bit more emphasis on pragmatism.

    Kind Regards,


    A very concerned European
    [email protected] Carl Martin Jørgensen
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-03 16:25:57 +0100
    Why don’t we buy vaccine from China or Russia, when Pfizer cannot or will not deliver, what they have promissed?
    Carlo cafiero
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-03 14:20:45 +0100
    Do you have a vaccine againsts nazionalism? We need it in Italy

    :) best regards
    Michael Kauch
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-03 10:46:09 +0100
    When I read current communication, ALDE is just supporting a joint EU vaccination programme and telling us that “liberal leaders are working hard easy, fair and quick access to vaccinations”. This is by far not enough.


    The reality is: the EU has not done an efficient job in purchasing the vaccines. Other governments have been more successful.


    I would expect ALDE and Renew Europe to be more vocal on the non-effective management and clarify political responsibilities. Where is the political control by the European Parliament? Or was the majority in the European Parliament a reason for delays in purchase negotiations?


    I would also like to know what exactly liberal leaders in the EP and the Council are doing to improve the situation.


    If the only answer is that we need a joint effort, this will harm the acceptance of a joint European approach severely – also for the future.
    Peter Balogh
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-03 10:26:27 +0100
    Dear Nicolae!


    Basically, there are not sufficient vaccines in Hungary. The majority of the country would like to get rather the Western vaccines than the Eastern ones.


    The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is used already in West and in Israel, too. It is well tested, reliable and cheap (15 dollars).


    The Russian and the Chinese vaccines are not tested yet. Maybe they are very good or maybe they are not very good. The Hungarian government ordered both of them. And their prices are not public yet.


    So the people (especially the older people) are waiting the Western vaccines. So we would like to get from them more.


    And i have a once more question: what about the mutations of Covid-19? Are the vaccines effective? And what is the situation in Romania?


    Best regards,


    Peter Balogh
    Bob Van den Broeck
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-03 08:14:26 +0100
    My fiancee is in cancer treatment, she will need another operation, is it necessary to wait after the operation for a vaccination, besides i have still some questions for the pay back of the medical costs between Belgium and Romania because is still not arranged Kind regards Bob, Andreea and Andreas
    Theresa Zettl
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 21:11:35 +0100
    What happens, if the shortage of vaccine causes that there isn‘t the same vaccine available for the second jab (after you got for the first jab)?
    roel Martens
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 19:53:51 +0100
    I hope you can assure that the EU with programmes such as COVAX and with good cooperation with EIB can help to ensure that also vaccine programmes for developing countries will be supported. Pandemics need a global answer. I hope liberals can ensure that the EU is a global partner.
    Andrzej Jagusiewicz
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 19:32:37 +0100
    It’s possible to get two shots in different countries and with different vaccin e.g. Pfitzer and Moderna and get a free-COVID passeport?
    Athanasios Grammenos
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 19:20:10 +0100
    The Greek (ultra conservative) government has failed awsomely to implement a robust vaccination plan. The delays pose a great threat to the people’s health and the economy’s rebound. Should the EU proceed with measures that encourage/urge national goverments act efficiently?
    Ian Paterson
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 18:03:24 +0100
    As a UK citizen living in Belgium ,will I get a chance to receive the vaccinations when it is time for local citizens in my age to have theirs ?
    John Miller
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:56:40 +0100
    The EU has strong program to deliver the vaccine to our citizens but this pandemic will not brought under control until all countries have received the vaccination. Please tell me what are our members of Adle doing to ensure that EU meets it commitments to help poorer countries?

    Regards John
    Roger Allen
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:52:47 +0100
    The government is ignoring the fact that 1 dose of vaccine has to be followed by another dose three weeks later. I have had my first Pfizer jab, it is known that this gives me 52% protection, for how long we don’t know. It is my opinion and that of many Doctors and specialists that it is dangerous to ignore the Manufacturers recommendations. The public are being fooled by political one-upmanship. Although I am grateful for my first dose, but, to delay the second is in my opinion and of senior medical personnel is taking an unacceptable risk with the vaccination
    Christopher Garratt
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:49:15 +0100
    I am an ardent Europhile but the vaccine saga is unacceptable and the people responsible for the failure must be held to account. In the private sector, they would be looking for new jobs.

    How is the Commission to be held to account for this failure which may cost hundreds of lives?
    Mira Caldararu
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:45:43 +0100
    I had cancer and my immunity is low. I take “Colostrum” and “System Well Immunity”. Shall I continue to take them while I will be vaccinated (first dose 8 February, second dose 1 March)?
    Fabian Rauers
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:23:48 +0100
    As far as I understood, the principle determining factor in the vaccine distribution mechanism is the population size. Shouldn’t we, however, take into account the differentiation in the size of the most vulnerable groups (e.g. seniors) and see instead that every country is able to – as best as possible – vaccinate all those people, before others in each country have their turn. The motto would be “the vulnerable first. all of them. everywhere”.


    I would also be interested in ALDE’s view on international solidarity considering countries with 14% of the world population have already secured more than 50% of available vaccines. Impatience and blaming the EU is common here now, but what about those in developing countries that won’t see their turn before the summer? Europe is home to some 80% of the vaccine industry. What more can be done here?

    Thank you!
    Christophe Schmitt
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:21:21 +0100
    Hello, can we choose the vaccine we want? Can I refuse for example the Pfizer vaccine because I have a personal preference for the Astra Zeneca or the Cambridge vaccine?
    Ksenia Vakhrusheva
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:05:30 +0100
    Why the vaccination goes so slow?

    Why the EU couldn’t guarantee in time (according to contract) deliveries of vaccines?

    Shouldn’t we consider commercial vaccination of people after free vaccination of groups with high risk and at the same time with vaccination of groups with moderate risk?
    Laurent Ducaille
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:03:05 +0100
    - Why has the European Union not made public the contracts with the pharmaceutical companies, since it is not a contract between private entities, but between a public entity and a private one?


    - If the delivery rhythm of vaccines is not adequate, nor has it been correctly specified in the contracts by the European Union, would it not be interesting to use productive resources, negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies, which may exist in the EU to increase volumes in the short term?


    - Related to my previous question on productive capacities, knowing that it is not enough for Europe and the “rich” countries to solve COVID-19 with vaccines, but that the rest of the world can also solve it, what impulse should the European Union give so that these countries can also quickly access vaccination, since in the meantime health on the one hand, and the economy on the other, will be strongly impacted?
    Joshua Heinrich
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:01:48 +0100
    is it an option to vacinate people with the rusisan vacine if the eda aproves it or shouldn’t we use it because of putting and nawalny ?
    Janette Dorrell
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 17:00:48 +0100
    Nothing has been mentioned regarding any possible long term effects from such a new vaccine. What has been done to ensure there are none?
    Philip Latham
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 16:59:24 +0100
    It will be great to ensure that everyone in Europe is vaccinated but as internationalists how to we ensure that the poorest countries can vaccinate their citizens
    Carl Gruner
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 16:57:45 +0100
    Hi ALDE and greetings from Saxony, Germany:


    My name is Carl Gruner, I am 21 years old and a student of political science.


    We experience a situation in which several EU members, e.g. Germany, failed to order a sufficient amount of vaccine doses. But there are countries in the world, especially in Africa, whose situation must be even worse. Are there any plans within ALDE or the EU in general to help poorer countries in their supply with vaccine? I look forward to your answer!


    Kind regards

    Carl Gruner
    Henrion Benjamin
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 16:50:31 +0100
    Does the Liberals support immediate compulsory licensing for producing the vaccine and scaling the production, like proposed by the CEO of CureVac?
    Maurits Pino
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 16:49:17 +0100
    Could you explain what holds back vaccine production?

    I understand that it’s production, no logistics or administering shots that forms the bottleneck. And paying for additional production seems cheap compared to its potential benefits: if GDP is down by 5-10% for as long as the pandemic lasts, speeding up vaccinations is extremely valuable (not counting deaths and hospitalisations, just lost production): in the EU case, if you can bring the pandemic to an end 1 week faster, you gain 2% (1/50th of a year) x 5-10% x 15 000 bn = 15-22.5 bn. For a week!
    Andreas Agius
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 16:44:08 +0100
    Why EU is not having vaccine from third countries?

    Is it because they did not ask the EU authorities to license it or because EU does not like to have them?
    Andreas Agius
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 16:42:21 +0100
    Valentin Nebunescu
    commented on Liberal leaders answer your vaccine questions 2021-02-02 16:33:37 +0100
    How come the European Commission was never opened about other anticovid Prophilaxy such as Protocol Zelenko?
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