Many are furious that the EU gave mixed messages about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine that subsequently led to a hesitancy amongst Indians to get the jab, leading to claims this has caused the nation’s spike in infections. Leading virologist Dr Shahid Jameel, director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University, said: “Vaccine hesitancy is not an issue now but it was. In the first part of the vaccine drive because we were on a falling daily curve and so at that time there was also a lot of this blood clotting matters that were being raised in the EU.
“It was playing on people’s minds.”
This savaging of the EU’s vilification of the AstraZeneca vaccine has come amidst claims the bloc may have contributed to the spike in coronavirus infections in India.
Currently there are more than 18 million people now infected by coronavirus in India.
Express.co.uk readers have vented their fury with one commenting that “Europe is very lucky it is not in the same state India with this third rate EU outfit in charge”.
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“Where did the word anti-vax come from?
“It came from the EU and YouTube.
“Indians see Van der Leyen going on about sofa-gate instead of actually getting vaccines to her people in the EU, of course this all has a trickle down effect and people get scared.”
In the Indian capital of Delhi alone 400 people died last Thursday.
Officials have stated that 600 bodies are now being cremated every day in the city.
Another Express.co.uk reader reacted with fury at the EU, they said that the vilification of the AstraZeneca vaccine was “another reason not to trade with these unelected crooks”.
Another commented: “Von der Leyen and the European medical agencies were out to punish the UK and its vaccination program and to do this they rubbished the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“In turn, they cause immense delay and unnecessary deaths on mainland Europe.
“The EU scare tactics sent shock waves around the rest of the world advising not to use AstraZeneca.
“The EU has proven itself not to be fit for purpose.”