‘I understand Brexit better now!’ Peston destroys EU over ‘three-month vaccine delay’

Vaccine row: Commentator says EU is ‘playing tit-for-tat’

ITV’s Political Editor has written a detailed thread on Twitter explaining why the EU is currently facing difficulties procuring the Oxford AstraZenca vaccine. Put simply, he states the supply problems are because the EU signed a deal with the vaccine company three months after the UK did, leaving less time to iron out any logistical challenges. Mr Peston also quotes a source that appears to mock Brussels, and states: “I understand Brexit better now.”

Mr Peston took to Twitter to explain why the difference between AstraZeneca’s relationship with the UK and the EU meant the bloc has fallen so far behind its plans to vaccinate 50 million people.

He pointed out the UK agreed a deal with the pharmaceutical company three months before the EU did.

As a result, AstraZenca had “an extra three months to sort out manufacturing and supply problems relating to the UK contract (there were plenty of problems)”.

The ITV journalist pointed out the UK Government reached an agreement with the company in May, allowing sufficient time to work on the supply chain.

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

But Brussels did not sign a contract with AstraZenca until the end of August, despite several EU states reaching a preliminary agreement with the company in June.

The EU decided it wanted to adopt a single bloc-wide approach, which delayed talks a further two months.

Mr Peston said: “AZ reached a preliminary agreement with Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy, a group known as the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance, based on the agreement with the UK.

“The announcement was 13 June. BUT the EU insisted that the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance could not formalise the deal.

JUST IN: Remainer Brexit prediction over UK vaccine rollout proved wrong

But Brussels did not sign a contract with AstraZenca until the end of August, despite several EU states reaching a preliminary agreement with the company in June.

The EU decided it wanted to adopt a single bloc-wide approach, which delayed talks a further two months.

Mr Peston said: “AZ reached a preliminary agreement with Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy, a group known as the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance, based on the agreement with the UK.

“The announcement was 13 June. BUT the EU insisted that the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance could not formalise the deal.

DON’T MISS:
Anti Brit vaccine outrage is EU at its most sinister and Stalinist [COMMENT]
Coronavirus vaccine scam: Sick fraudsters targeting vulnerable OAPS [DETAILS]
‘Unforgivable!’ Fury as MP, 40, given vaccination after volunteering [INSIGHT]

Last week AstraZeneca said it would not meet its contractual delivery commitments to the EU because of unexplained “reduced yields” in its European supply chain.

Brussels has reacted furiously to the news, as the bloc is already behind its targets and facing an increasing number of cases of the deadly virus, owing to the emergence of new strains.

Yesterday, the EU Commissioner for health Stella Kyriakides warned they could take action against the pharmaceutical company.

She said: “Last Friday, the company AstraZeneca surprisingly informed the Commission and the European Union Member States that it intends to supply considerably fewer doses in the coming weeks than agreed and announced.

“This new schedule is not acceptable to the European Union.”

Ms Kyriakides concluded: “The European Union will take any action required to protect its citizens and rights.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has also told AstraZenca’s CEO Pascal Soriot she expects the company to deliver on its contractual arrangements.

Source: Read Full Article