Thank God we left! EU ‘inefficiency’ mocked as Peter Bone hails great Brexit ‘advantage’

EU slammed by Peter Bone on vaccine rollout ‘inefficiency’

Mr Bone told the House of Commons the EU’s vaccination programme has been hindered by bureaucracy, inefficiency and petty politics. The Conservative MP also highlighted the fact Britain has vaccinated 11 percent of its population compared to just two percent of the European Union’s population.

Mr Bone said: “The Government ordered the Covid vaccine early and they have delivered it efficiently and we now have 11 percent of the population vaccinated.

“Compare that with the European Union where because of their bureaucracy, inefficiency and petty politics, they ordered the vaccine late.

“They delivered it inefficiently and have only vaccinated two percent of their population.

“Prime Minister it is not just a great credit to your leadership and your government that we have delivered the vaccination so quickly also is it not one of the great advantages of having left the European Union?”

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Boris Johnson replied: “What I will say is that we were certainly able to use speed and agility to deliver on the programme we needed to do.

“I think it would have been a great pity if we had followed the advice of the Leader of the Opposition who said stay in the EU’s vaccine programme.”

On Tuesday evening, Boris Johnson was asked about the European Union’s threat regarding coronavirus vaccine shortages.

The Prime Minister was quizzed regarding the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine to Britain following AstraZeneca informing the trading bloc that there would be a decrease in the number of vaccines available to them.

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Mr Johnson told the coronavirus briefing: “On supply from vaccines abroad to this country, I have got total confidence in our supplies.

“We have been over this many times over the last days and hours.

“All I will say is that we expect and hope that our EU friends will honour all contracts.

“We will continue and we fully expect that will happen.

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“We will continue to work with friends and partners in the EU and indeed around the world.

“The delivery of the vaccine has been a multinational effort and the creation of the vaccine has been a multinational effort.”

Last week EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides stated that companies that make vaccines inside the EU will need to “provide early notification whenever they want to export vaccines to third countries”.

She added that the European Union will “take any action required to protect its citizens”.

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