German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hailed as a master in crisis management. But the country's vaccine rollout has been off to a disappointing start for many - as a hard lockdown grinds on. The EU hasn't rolled out that vaccine as fast as many other places, losing valuable time as new virus variants threaten to prolong the COVID-19 pandemic.
And most of it happened under Merkel's watch at the helm of the EU presidency. Merkel's reputation is built on consensus-building and foresight, but the pandemic is putting her under pressure to throw out the usual rulebook.
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