AstraZeneca News – Angela Merkel refuses Oxford jab amid calls to ‘lead by example’
The jab has met with resistance from younger people, and so far, Germany has only been able to administer 240,000 of the 1.54 million doses AstraZeneca has delivered.
There are widespread reports of people cancelling their appointments or simply not turning up when they learn they are to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, said: “It has been a very trying year but we should not let up now.”
Meanwhile, British holidaymakers were offered some hope for a trip to the Continent this year after Mrs Merkel told the press conference that digital vaccination certificates would probably be available before the summer.
“Everyone agrees that we need a digital vaccination certificate,” Mrs Merkel said, adding that the EU Commission would need around three months to create the technical basis for such documents.
However, she said that not enough people had been vaccinated for restrictions on non-essential travel to be lifted.
The EU has only vaccinated about six per cent of its population. Restrictions, which include a ban on non-essential travel from the UK, are expected to stay in place until the figure is closer to 70 per cent of adults.
Britain has vaccinated about 28 per cent of people.