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Brexit LIVE: Brexiteer Redwood tears into EU bickering over vaccines – 'Get on with it!'


The EU pulled back from its threat to impose a ban on vaccine exports to the UK but despite that, Sir John ordered Brussels to concentrate on vaccine production rather than continue the bitter row over supplies. Amid the EU’s vaccine rollout failure, Sir John called for the bloc to work with pharmaceutical companies to increase the production of vaccine doses. Sir John said: “The EU should spend less time arguing over how to share out the vaccines we can make and more time ensuring more vaccines are made.

“That means co-operating with great companies who are getting on with the task of increasing production.”

Despite Ursula von der Leyen’s threat to block vaccine exports earlier this month, EU leaders did not impose an outright ban on doses leaving the bloc following a summit on Thursday. 

With states experiencing a third wave of the virus, Ms von der Leyen warned AstraZeneca that it must catch up with deliveries to the EU. 

She said: “I think it is clear that first of all the company has to catch up. 

“It has to honour the contract it has with European member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines.

“We want to explain to our European citizens that they can get their fair share.”

Supporting the threat, France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned the EU cannot pay the price for the UK’s vaccine supply. 

Indeed, he insisted the EU will not “accept any sort of blackmail” in order for the UK to surge ahead with its vaccine programme. 

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Amid the row over vaccine supplies, Brexiteer and MP for Wokingham Sir John Redwood, ordered Brussels to be more cooperative rather than arguing over exports.

He said in a tweet: “The EU should spend less time arguing over how to share out the vaccines we can make and more time ensuring more vaccines are made.

“That means co-operating with great companies who are getting on with the task of increasing production.”

EU leaders pulled back from imposing a ban on vaccine exports leaving the bloc following internal pressure from Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden at an EU summit on Thursday.

However, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen insisted AstraZeneca must step up efforts to supply the EU with vaccine supplies. 



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