Vaccine row: EU ‘isn’t helping itself’ says Keir Starmer
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The Labour leader publically slatted Brussels’ position on the supply of vaccines across Europe. Sir Keir Starmer said that the bloc has not “helped itself much in the last few weeks and months” amid numerous missed targets and u-turns through the EU vaccination programme into disarray. The Leader of the Opposition was called on to give his view on the UK government’s position in the face of threats for the EU Commission to halt vaccine exports.
Sir Keir told Nick Ferrari on LBC: “What we want is this resolved as quickly as possible because we don’t want any shortages in vaccines to interrupt the rollout in this country.
“Where contracts have been signed they need to be honoured, the precise details aren’t always in the public domain but where there are contracts they should be honoured.”
He added: “We are not going to be through this until we see the whole world vaccinated.
“You can see the numbers in Europe you can see it across the rest of the world.”
Sir Keir Starmer slams the EU over the vaccine rollout row (Image: LBC)
Ursula von der Leyen has threatened to ban exports of vaccines to the UK (Image: GETTY)
Sir Keir continued: “Obviously I support the rapid rollout in the UK, it is a good thing.
“Well done to all those on the frontline.”
The Labour leader recalled receiving his own jab on Sunday and described the NHS, military and volunteers who had been deployed in vaccine centres as “absolutely incredible.”
“Let us resolve this issue with the EU, let us remind ourselves that we do need to get the whole world vaccinated if we are to go through this,” he added.
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Vaccination rates across the UK (Image: EXPRESS)
Pressed on whether he supported the UK’s position on dealing with the EU, the Labour leader said: “I think they are right to say where there is a contract for delivery that has to be honoured.
“I think they are right to do that.”
His remarks came in the midst of a fierce dispute between Brussels and the UK Government regarding the supply of AstraZeneca vaccine
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has threatened an export block on the Anglo-Swedish drug unless batches were carried to be shipped to meet Europe’s needs.
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Keir Starmer’s flip-flopping over Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)
The bloc is coming under increasing pressure to speed up the inoculations of EU citizens as the number of cases continues to tick up ahead of a third wave.
Germany is among several European countries which have warned of an "exponential growth" in infections.
In total, 20 EU countries have now reported an increase in positive coronavirus tests.
Out of these 15 countries have said hospital and intensive care admissions have increased
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