Boris Johnson joins forces with Angela Merkel to avert EU vaccine war

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Boris Johnson joins forces with Angela Merkel to avert EU vaccine war


BORIS Johnson and Angela Merkel teamed up against Brussels last night to avoid a vaccine war – despite yet another blunder where the PM bragged about greed put Britain first.

The Prime Minister suggested he wanted to reach a compromise with European countries – the German leader having ruled out completely blocking British supplies.

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Boris Johnson has teamed up with Angela Merkel to avoid vaccine warCredit: Reuters
The German leader ruled out completely blocking British supplies4
The German leader ruled out completely blocking British suppliesCredit: EPA

But Ms Merkel is backing a targeted blockade on AstraZeneca shots aimed at Britain.

Hours later, the Prime Minister risked igniting the vaccine war in the EU by telling Tory MPs in a private Zoom speech ‘it was greed, my friends’ that helped Britain to get the vaccine first.

He praised the efforts of the “big pharmaceutical companies” to manufacture the rescue jab in record time.

He later added: “Actually, I regret that I said it. ”

Boris has spent days begging EU leaders to drop their threat of an export ban.

The Prime Minister said last night at press conference No. 10: “We do not believe in blockages of all types of vaccines.”

Ms Merkel has always supported EU chief's plan to crack down on AstraZeneca shipments4
Ms Merkel has always supported EU chief’s plan to crack down on AstraZeneca shipmentsCredit: AFP

Daily Covid deaths in the UK have halved in a fortnight, and 112 more have been reported.

Another 5,379 tested positive, up from 5,766 two weeks ago.

And 28,327,873 first jabs were administered, with 2,363,684 second doses.

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