Ursula von der Leyen has repeatedly complained that Boris Johnson has pursued a egocentric coverage of ‘vaccine nationalism’, as a substitute of exhibiting solidarity together with his European neighbours. The implication is that the Prime Minister needs to be doing extra to assist the EU out of its dire predicament, by permitting shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the UK to the bloc. Final Thursday, the President of the European Fee advised an EU summit that 21 million vaccine doses had been exported from the EU to Britain, whereas nothing had come the opposite means.
Whereas the UK doesn’t ban the export of vaccines, the Authorities has reportedly signed a contract with the Anglo-Swedish firm that obliges it to ship vaccine doses produced in Oxford and Keele to the UK first.
Requested by Categorical.co.uk whether or not Mr Johnson needs to be doing extra to assist the EU with vaccines, Angelika Milnar emphatically replied: “No. In no way. It isn’t the UK’s place to do it.”
Ms Milnar, who served as an MEP for the Austrian NEOS get together from 2014-19, stated that Brussels needed to get its act collectively and kind its personal issues out.
“Come on – the European Union – if we can not care for ourselves, who can?” she stated.
“Completely not. However, in fact, there’s a battle.
“The battle is principally AstraZeneca and …do you truly adhere to the contract or not.
“And the Authorities within the UK has an curiosity which they pursue and which can be truthful.
“However we even have an curiosity which we pursue.”
Matt Hancock advised the Monetary Occasions that the UK had an “exclusivity deal” with AstraZeneca whereas Brussels had solely a “greatest efforts” contract.
The Well being Secretary’s declare was dismissed by an official from the European Fee on Tuesday.
She defined: “You’ll be able to negotiate and imagine in negotiations and contracts as much as a sure level.
“However if you see that they don’t seem to be revered and when it’s that critical then at a sure level it’s a must to act.
“And for that reason I’m truly standing up for this potential actually, actually harsh menace.
“Apparently they do not perceive some other language, as unhappy as it’s.”