EU has struggled to maintain solidarity during the pandemic, finds Chatham House report

Researchers from Chatham House, an independent international affairs think tank, concluded in a new report that the EU has struggled to maintain solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. They cite the EU and its member states’ use of export bans, border closures, fraught negotiations over a recovery fund, and a slow start to vaccine procurement. 

The report does note that the EU was active on the international stage through its support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 medical tools. But it also criticizes the EU for supporting COVAX, ACT-A’s vaccines pillar, while simultaneously cutting bilateral deals with vaccine producers that undermined COVAX’s success. 

Research paper - Chatham House