France chides Austria, Denmark over plan to work with Israel on vaccines

France criticizes a push by Austria and Denmark to coordinate with Israel on developing new COVID-19 vaccines, as EU unity frays even further over its troubled vaccine rollout.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the Israeli partnership on Monday, saying the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was “too slow in approving vaccines” leaving the bloc vulnerable to supply bottlenecks at pharmaceutical companies.

But France’s foreign ministry defends the agency and insists that “the most effective solution for meeting our vaccination needs must remain within a European framework.”

“This is what guarantees the solidarity among member states that is more essential than ever,” it says in a statement.