‘Time to think about mandatory vaccination’ across the ENTIRE EU, Ursula von der Leyen warns after Austria and Germany announced plans to force jabs on all adults
Ursula von der Leyen has said it is time to discuss making Covid vaccines mandatory across the entire EU as the continent is battered by a new wave of Covid infections.
‘I think it is understandable and appropriate to lead this discussion now,’ the EU Commission President told a media conference, underlining that a third of the bloc’s population of 450 million is still unvaccinated.
‘How we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union – this needs discussion. This needs a common approach. But it is a discussion that I think has to be led,’ she said.
Ursula von der Leyen has said it is time to discuss making vaccines mandatory across the EU after Germany and Austria moved to force them on citizens
She spoke after Austria announced plans to make jabs compulsory last month, and an aide to Germany’s new chancellor Olaf Scholz said yesterday that he wants his country to follow suit.
Europe is currently in the midst of a wave of Covid cases that has seen restrictions return across the continent amid fears of another Christmas spent in lockdown.
Adding to those fears is the emergence of the new Omicron variant which is thought to be more infectious than the Delta strain, and has been detected in Europe.
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