British Von der Leyen’s ‘Under-Skin’ Vaccine Success Says Expert
The EU has been widely criticized for its glacial deployment, as only 11.3% of people over 18 received their first dose of the vaccine. Only 4.9 percent of people received both injections of a vaccine.
But now a senior EU diplomat has attacked Britain’s successful vaccine rollout saying the country will feel “very small” as neighboring countries are still unvaccinated.
They said, “You might feel very happy on your little island when you are all vaccinated, but your island might look very small when you can’t leave it because your neighbors are not vaccinated. ”
Neale Richmond, a backbench MP in the Irish government, warned the bloc that Britain’s Brexit had “created a framework” for other countries to leave the EU.
UK said “the little island will feel very small”
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“While no one thinks that a Member State is going to give up on the EU’s handling of the pandemic or that it will collapse, the post-Brexit reality is that all crises are automatically linked to the fact that the UK Uni created a framework to leave. ”
While Mujtaba Rahman, Managing Director for Europe at Eurasia Group, said the slow deployment of the EU was among the “health policy failures” of the Commission.
She said: “The European pandemic can be seen through the Commission’s failures in health policy and its successes in economic policy.
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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
“However, if the Covid stimulus fund results in serious reform, it could be a catalyst for more European integration. ”
Over the weekend, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton warned that not all AstraZeneca vaccine vials produced in the bloc will leave the EU until all member states catch up on their vaccines.
Mr Breton hit the UK and claimed the British are “unable” to keep up with vaccinations without EU help.
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“If there are surpluses, they will go elsewhere.”
He added: “The British are incapable of driving vaccine policy on their own.
“Britain was only supposed to produce 10 million vaccines today.
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“It’s a bit like ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’, instead of keeping the second dose, they preferred to give the first dose to everyone, without reservation. ”
Following his remarks, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the UK’s “dependence” on the block for the administration of second doses.
Mr Macron said: “In a few weeks we will have completely caught up with the British, who will be increasingly dependent on us to vaccinate their population.”
French President Emmanuel Macron
However, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the second doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be delivered on time without mixing the doses, despite concerns about a slowdown in supplies.
He told the BBC: “We have kept in mind that we have to get that second top up so that we are confident that we will be able to deliver it.
“We are convinced that this will not require mixing the vaccines. ”