Credit insurer Euler Hermes has indicated that the delay of the European Union (EU) on the front lines of vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 could cost 123 billion euros in 2021 to its member countries.
According to a cabinet estimate, the 27 have set themselves the goal of vaccinating 70% of the population by the end of the summer, but the vaccine campaign is struggling to gain momentum due in particular to delays in vaccine deliveries. from Swedish-British AstraZeneca.
Regarding France, Euler Hermes experts assess the vaccine delay at seven weeks and warn that “each week of delay in vaccination could cost 3 billion euros” to the hexagonal economy, or 21 billion for this year s ‘he is not satisfied.
The health crisis of the new coronavirus cost the French state more than 160 billion euros in 2020 last year, recently indicated the Minister of Public Accounts Olivier Dussopt.
In a program broadcast on Greek television on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron admitted that the EU did not believe quickly enough in vaccination, unlike the Americans.
“We are catching up. We’re a bit of a diesel. We can no longer talk too much in these days about these engines, but it starts slowly and it goes a long way, ”declared the Head of State, interviewed for the ERT channel on the occasion of the bicentenary of Greek independence. .
These vaccine supply difficulties are among the main topics discussed at the summit of the Twenty-Seven, met on Thursday by videoconference.