‘We can’t trust the EU!’ – Boris urged to make UK 100% self-sufficient for Covid vaccines

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Express.co.uk asked in an exclusive poll today: “Would you support plans to make Britain 100% self-sufficient on Covid vaccines?” In response to the poll, 8,199 out of 8,293 voted that the Prime Minister should implement the infrastructure to make the UK self-sufficient for vaccines. Just 79 voted ‘no’ while just 15 were unsure as the EU continues its vaccine row with the UK.

One person commented on the Express.co.uk story: “In terms of vaccine production, then yes as the UK already has a lot of the infrastructure in place.

“This latest spat with the EU proves beyond doubt that we could never trust them.”

A second said: “We need to be self-sufficient in as much as possible, not just vaccines.

“The future will bring more challenges from the EU cohort, so we must be prepared.

“What we cannot produce we need to buy from friendly countries such as the Anglosphere!!

“Leave EU produce on the supermarket shelves for a start.”

A third said: “Not just vaccines all our military equipment should be made in the UK.

“From bullets to nuclear subs and warheads we can not let a foreign country hold us to ransom over anything.”

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The EU intensified relations over the last week after both Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen accused the UK of withholding vaccine exports.

Indeed, the EU Commission chief claimed Brussels may take action to stop exports leaving the continent unless it receives its fair share of doses.

The EU has clashed with AztraZeneca over the small number of doses of the vaccine it has received and claims under its current contract, it should have 120 million doses of the drug by the end of this month.

The issue is now centred over the production of the AztraZeneca vaccine at the Halix factory in the Netherlands.


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In order to stop any further escalation in tensions, the Prime Minister has spoken to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to try and restore relations with the EU.

Although some EU leaders are in favour of a vaccine block, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said: “I’m very much against it.

“I think it would be a very retrograde step. I’ve met all of the companies and it’s absolutely vital that we keep supply chains.

“If you take the Pfizer vaccine, 280 materials are going to making the Pfizer vaccine, 86 suppliers supply those materials from 19 countries around the world.

“You start putting up barriers, other countries may follow suit in terms of some of those vital raw materials that are required.

“If we start that we are in trouble.”

This month the UK Government announced an extra £47.6million for the new Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC).

The VMIC will be the UK’s first national vaccines manufacturing and innovation facility.

The Express.co.uk poll opened on March 22 at 11.18am and was closed at 10.25pm. 

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