EU’s handling of coronavirus vaccine ‘criminally insane’ says host
James Whale and Ash Gould discussed on their talkRADIO show about how the EU’s conduct during the pandemic was good evidence for supporting Brexit. They added the EU’s negligence was “criminally insane” and asked if there was anyone who could defend their actions. The bloc recently announced they may ban exports of vaccines created in the Union as contracts have not been fulfilled.
Mr Whale said: “Let’s talk about the EU, aren’t we all glad we left?
“Are there any remainers prepared to come on the show today to defend and speak about why you would prefer we were members of the useless, the over-bureaucratic, the almost criminally insane in the way they have been handling the vaccine?
Co-host Ash called the EU “spiteful” adding European citizens have been dying due to EU vaccine delays.
Mr Whale added: “And now they want to nick ours of us, if they’re not very careful we will start…”
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Mr Gould commented: “We could withdraw all sales of the AstraZeneca vaccine, although we can’t speak for AstraZeneca.”
Mr Whale said the UK could do a “number of other things” involving European investment in the country.
The European Union has threatened to ban exports of vaccines made in Europe over fears their contracts will not be met.
They have slammed AstraZeneca for prioritising the UK over the EU and claim the British Government is paying more for doses to gain preferential treatment.
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AstraZeneca’s CEO, Pascal Soriot, says the reason for their UK priority is because the country paid for more and paid for it earlier than the EU.
Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food, said: “This new schedule is not acceptable to the European Union.
“The European Union has pre-financed the development of the vaccine and the production and wants to see the return.
“The European Union wants to know exactly which doses have been produced by AstraZeneca and where exactly so far and if or to whom they have been delivered.
“The answers of the company have not been satisfactory so far, the European Union wants the ordered and pre-financed doses to be delivered as soon as possible and we want our contract to be fully fulfilled.”
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According to the latest government figures, over seven million Brits have been vaccinated and the Government is on track to reach the February 14 target.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi pledged everyone in the top four priority groups would be vaccinated by mid-February.
This equates to nearly 15 million people with the minister confirming everyone would “definitely” receive their second dose despite misgivings from some cabinet ministers.
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