Charles Michel slammed by expert on EU vaccine rollout
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And Facts4EU has launched a scathing attack on the former Belgian Prime Minister, describing his “non-apology” on the subject as a “disgrace”. The think tank initiated their analysis after a bitter war of words erupted between Mr Michel and Dominic Raab, the UK’s Foreign Secretary, last week.
First Mr Michel lashed out at Britain, claiming it had imposed a “total ban” on vaccine exports, adding: “The European Union, the region with the largest vaccine production capacity in the world, has simply put in place a system for controlling the export of doses produced in the EU.”
Mr Raab then hit back to “set the record straight” about what he called the “false claim”, insisting: “The UK Government has not blocked the export of a single COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine components.”
In an apparent attempt to defuse the row, Mr Michel subsequently remarked: “Glad if the UK reaction leads to more transparency and increased exports, to EU and third countries.
“Different ways of imposing bans or restrictions on vaccines/medicines.
“EU is providing vaccines for its citizens and the rest of the world.”
In its latest report, Facts4EU examined the latest figures from the Vaccines Alliance, which operates COVAX, the effort to provide vaccines to all of the developing and poorer countries around the world.
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Between 2021 and 2025, total contributions pledged by the UK stand at almost £529million, significantly more than the £352million promised by the Commission. Mr Michel’s country has pledged £3.6million.
Leigh Evans, Facts4EU’s editor-in-chief, told Express.co.uk: “It seems that these days the EU’s apparatchiks just can’t stop making blunders.
“This latest howler from the President of the EU’s most august and powerful body, the EU Council, is another in an increasingly long line of faux-pas.”
Charles Michel’s non-apology is a disgrace
Mr Evans added: “Charles Michel’s non-apology is a disgrace.
“From the President of the highest body in the EU hierarchy this is profoundly disturbing, although not perhaps unexpected given the EU’s track record in propaganda.
“If a newspaper published a claim like his it would most probably be told by IPSO (the Independent Press Standards Organisation) to issue a front page retraction.”
Referring to Mr Michel’s later reference to “more transparency”, Mr Evans said: “This is tantamount to saying that the EU has prompted the UK into changing its ways.
“The truth is that it is the EU that needs to change its ways.”
He explained: “For years we have been showing up the EU’s propaganda for what it is, generally using the EU’s own official data to do so.
“In this case we have used the official and latest data from the Vaccines Alliance on COVAX, the body representing the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the World Bank amongst others. It is incontestable.”
Mr Evans concluded: “The EU propaganda machine just keeps on rolling. Is it any wonder the EU’s stars are fading in the UK and in the EU27?
“The former Soviet Union was guilty of exactly the same kind of misinformation, deflection, and outright lies.
“In the end, the pretence simply could not hold, and the whole edifice crumbled.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the European Commission offering them an opportunity to comment.
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