Central European leaders push for faster vaccine deliveries

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Central European leaders are pushing for faster deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines from every reliable manufacturer to speed up inoculations. The leaders of Hungary, Slovakia and Poland said on Wednesday that vaccines are the way to conquer the pandemic and begin Europe’s economic recovery. They said they support purchasing doses from manufacturers regardless of “geopolitics” provided the shots are safe and effective. The leaders spoke during celebrations marking 30 years of the Visegrad Group, an informal body of political and economic cooperation between Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. European Council President Charles Michel said the EU will discuss next week ways of boosting vaccine production.