VACCINE nationalism is now a reality, a top SAGE advisor has warned as the EU-AstraZeneca supply row deepened.
Sir Jeremy Farrar told BBC’s Today programme said vaccine nationalism is real and “is something we absolutely have to negotiate and avoid and it doesn’t serve anybody to have these fights over vaccine supply.”
His comments come as EU made wild demands and threats to the UK after AstraZeneca revealed it would only be able to deliver 30 million doses of the vaccine rather than the 80 million that the bloc ordered.
Earlier this week the EU threatened to block the supply of life-saving Belgium-made Pfizer vaccines to the UK unless AstraZeneca increase the number of jabs it sends into the EU.
And last night the bloc demanded that the UK give up tens of millions of doses or our own AstraZeneca supply to make up the shortfall – a move that would put thousands of Brits’ lives at risk.
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