Confusion has suddenly taken over the immunization process in Europe. Doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine stirred the Brussels institutions yesterday, with urgent meetings of the European Medicines Agency, first, and the health ministers of the Member States, later. Only these sudden movements at the heart of European decisions on vaccination are enough to generate in citizens a feeling of fear that, even unjustified, seems to spread without restraint. The problem did not arise yesterday, nor is it solely due to the risks of thrombosis uniquely associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. There is a constant dysfunction in the vaccination process orchestrated by the EU, which began with contract breaches by pharmaceutical companies and followed with early decisions by some governments to seek vaccines on their own. Austria and Denmark began talks with Israel, Slovakia negotiated with Russia to send Sputnik V and Poland did the same with the Chinese Sinopharm. The lack of control has even reached the regional level, when yesterday it was learned that Bavaria had bought 2.5 million doses of the Russian vaccine. The European institutions show the wear and tear of a year of pandemic, economic crisis and social fatigue, whose profiles are highlighted by the contrast that forces the success of the British vaccination strategy. We will have to wait for a better occasion to remind the British of the risks they run with Brexit.
On a national scale, Pedro Sánchez was right when he spoke of “chaos”, although he was wrong to apply it only to Madrid. Desmadre is what portrays the lack of a true State policy for the vaccination of Spaniards. Last night, Sanidad corrected its previous criteria and advised the autonomies to vaccinate with AstraZeneca only people between 60 and 65 years old. But, at the last minute, he extended the band to those over 60. Before, Sánchez had announced that there will be no extensions of the state of alarm, but he promised a massive vaccination for the summer. If the Government annuls the state of alarm, it is absurd for its president to make these announcements, the confirmation of which will depend on autonomous governments that look out for the interest of the citizens of their territory. To ensure the national interest of Spain, Pedro Sánchez should be there, but the Prime Minister has stepped down from such a tiring task and prefers that of cruise entertainer. The problem is that the political union of seventeen governments is the responsibility of the central Executive, and without a central power there is no union. So it is absurd that Sánchez laments that each autonomous community is going on its own. It is he who is promoting it. Castilla y León unilaterally suspends the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while the other communities maintain it. Díaz Ayuso is criticized by the left for probing the purchase of the Russian vaccine, while the Valencian president announces on his own that he has reserved two and a half million Janssen vaccines, but as he is a socialist, no one asks him for loyalty. And to finish off the sowing of confusion, the Executive of Sánchez continues without learning anything and once again affirms that the autonomous communities have legal resources to impose measures without the state of alarm … causing citizens to wonder what the state is for. alarm and the President of the Government himself.