EU slammed by Martin Daubney on coronavirus vaccine rollout
Despite having ordered 300 million doses, the bloc is currently facing a shortage of the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab as a result of what the company calls “complexities of scaling up production”. As a result, Brussels is putting pressure on the company to divert supplies from Britain – a move which Mr Habib suggested undercut the arguments of all those who suggested the UK would be unable to import drugs after the end of last year.
Project Fear kept informing us there would be a shortage of medicines in the UK. “Seems that was back to front
Mr Habib, who is also chairman of new media channel Unlocked_UK, tweeted: “Project Fear kept informing us there would be a shortage of medicines in the UK.
“Seems that was back to front.”
The UK will aid neighbouring nations with their vaccine supplies “where it can”, Prisons minister Lucy Frazer said today, as the row between Brussels and AstraZeneca rumbled on.
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European Medicines Agency today granted the vaccine approval for use in the EU.
Brussels is understood to be ready to announce powers which would see the shipment of millions of vaccine doses to Britain blocked within days.
The European Commission is said to be considering an export ban in a bid to solve its vaccine supply shortage issues, after member states were forced to pause or delay the rollout.
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Ms Frazer said: “Our priority is to ensure we vaccinate people in the UK, but of course, where we can help our friends and neighbours, we would do that.”
Brussels has already called for AstraZeneca – which aims to supply two million doses per week to the UK – to send vaccines made at its UK plants across the Channel, after the firm allegedly told the bloc that only a quarter of the 100 million doses it was expecting by March were likely to be delivered.
AstraZeneca today published a redacted version of its contract with the EU, which the bloc said was important for “accountability”.
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The contract mentions that the firm would use “best reasonable efforts” to use European plants, including two in the UK, as production sites for vaccines destined for the EU.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman, asked about the prospect of a block on vaccines heading to Britain, said the Government remained confident in its vaccine supply, adding: “EU policy is a matter for them.”
Speaking yesterday, Martin Daubney, who like Mr Habib is former Brexit Party MEP, and who is Unlocked_UK’s editorial director, launched a scathing attack on Brussels in relation to the issue.
The former Loaded editor said: “AstraZeneca couldn’t make the vaccine fast enough. Or, to be more specific, their factory in Belgium – that’s right, the home of the European Union – couldn’t make the doses fast enough.
“AstraZeneca’s two British factories, meanwhile, were churning out the stuff. Boris Johnson’s government scored a huge political victory that left EU bureaucrats choking on their croissants
“Next, in an appalling act of totalitarianism, the EU Commissioner actually demanded that vaccine produced in Britain should not go to Brits, but instead should be exported to Europe.”
In an assessment which echoed that of Mr Habib, Mr Daubney added: “Up until now, Brexiteers were the only ones paying attention, but now, everybody is, and can see them for the spivs and charlatans they are.
“Brexiteers knew this all along. Whereas Remainers feared leaving the EU would render the United Kingdom ‘small and isolated’, leavers instead saw ‘quick and nimble’.
“And my, how this vaccine debacle has proved us right.”
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