The British Conservative MP from the town of Dudley North Marco Longy said that the UK’s independence from the European Union allowed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to implement his vaccine strategy more smoothly than on the continent, saving Britons from the emerging coronavirus crisis (Covid-19).
Speaking to the British newspaper (Express), the deputy pointed out that while the United Kingdom approved the Pfizer-Bionic vaccine on December 2, the European Union began its vaccination program on the 27th of the same month. Since then, the agglomeration has not been accused of being too slow in approving the vaccine but also of its poor implementation strategy.
According to the latest figures, Germany managed to vaccinate 477,000 people as of last Thursday, while France carried out only 45,500 strikes as of Friday.
Because of this chaos on the continent, Lungi claimed that the UK’s departure from the European Union and its procurement strategy had saved millions.
“The government was criticized in the summer when it did not participate in the European Union’s vaccine purchase plan,” he told the newspaper.
“But I am sure there are many countries that wish I did the same thing as the United Kingdom. I know from people in Italy who told me that this is very much the case. Boris and Brexit save lives.”
The United Kingdom decided last summer not to participate in the European Union vaccination plan, although it would have participated until the end of the transitional period on December 31.
The government did this to take the lead in its negotiations, where it could set prices, volumes and delivery times.
Away from the scheme, the United Kingdom became the first country to approve the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine, weeks before the European Union.
The United Kingdom has so far conducted 1.3 million vaccinations as of January 3, while it has also approved the University of Oxford / AstraZeneca and Moderna drugs.
On the continent, the European Union Commission has led the process of drug procurement and distribution .. However, problems have been reported in vaccination programs in Belgium, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated that the United Kingdom is at the beginning of the road in vaccination … and expressed his concern about the vaccination policy in the European Union.
“Instead of leaving Brussels, they did so,” he said. “They negotiated for themselves and are in a much better position now.”
“I don’t think we have to wait for a vaccine. As part of the federation, we agreed that we will wait, but the process is going so slowly that I think we have to take action and get the vaccine ourselves,” he added.
These were the problems with supply chains across the bloc, as the Netherlands started its vaccination program only on January 6 – 10 days after the member states.
Although the European Union Commission led the purchase of vaccines for the continent, Germany broke the ranks for the purchase of additional doses of vaccines.
As a result, Berlin has confirmed that it will now receive an additional 30 million doses of Pfizer through separate deals.
Germany will receive 50 million doses of the Moderna vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency and the UK Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency this week.