Brexit news latest – EU threatens to BLOCK UK's Pfizer vaccine supply as punishment for getting fewer AstraZeneca jabs

THE EU has threatened to block supplies of the Pfizer vaccine heading to the UK after a row over AstraZeneca jabs.

Yesterday it was revealed that, due to delays approving the vaccine and the EU's joint-procurement system, the bloc will receive just 30 million doses of the UK-made AstraZeneca rather than the 80 million they ordered.

The development has left the EU fuming and as punishment MEPs are threatening to hinder supplies of the lifesaving Belgium-made Pfizer vaccine heading into Britain.

This morning vaccines minister Nadim Zahawi warned eurocrats "no-one is safe until the whole world is safe" in a broadside at the bloc's move to control exports as he blasted the EU's "vaccine nationalism".

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  • Patrick Knox

    ‘NO POST-BREXIT BOOST FOR SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE’

    The three polls taken on Scottish independence since the start of 2021 do not show any sign the UK’s exit from the EU has led to any further boost in support for a breakaway, according to opinion poll guru Sir John Curtice.

    Sir John told the BBC there has been a slight dip in support for independence north of the border. 

    He said: “Indeed, at 53 per cent the average level of support for Yes was slightly down on the 55 per cent recorded by the same three polls at the back end of last year.”

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    TORY MP ATTACKS ‘SPITEFUL’ EU

    David Jones said it was “childish and spiteful” of the EU to threaten exports of the vaccine.

    There are now fears the row could disrupt supplies of the Pfizer vaccine to the UK because Pfizer’s main factory is in Belgium.

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    ‘NO RISK TO DELIVERY OF PFIZER VACCINE’

    Vaccine minister Nadhim Zawahi has sought to play down growing fears of “vaccine nationalism”.

    He said he was “confident” tens of millions of doses of Pfizer jabs ordered from Belgium will arrive.

    This is despite the EU threatening to impose controls over the row with UK-based AstraZeneca,

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    BRITAIN CONFIDENT VACCINE MAKERS WILL DELIVER FOR BOTH UK AND EU

    Britain and the European Union should both get the vaccines they have ordered and it is wrong to respond to supply problems with restrictions, Nadhim Zahawi, the British Covid-19 vaccine deployment minister, said today.

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn earlier backed EU proposals to restrict vaccines leaving the bloc, saying Europe should have its "fair share".

    Zahawi said that he was confident the manufacturers of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved for British use, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, would be able to meet their supply obligations, for both Britain and the EU.

    The EU proposal comes in the wake of AstraZeneca's decision to cut its supply to the EU by 60 per cent to 31 million doses for the first quarter of the year, while Pfizer has also altered delivery schedules.

    "I'm very confident that Pfizer… will deliver for the EU and will deliver for the UK, as will AstraZeneca," Zahawi told Times Radio. "Vaccine nationalism is the wrong way to go. No one is safe until we're all safe."

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    PORT CHIEFS PLEAD FOR MORE MONEY

    UK port bosses have warned they cannot cope with the new post-Brexit border bureaucracy is falling behind because of a lack of government funding.

    Portsmouth International Port said the importation of livestock for breeding could end soon unless there’s more cash.

    The port, owned by Portsmouth City Council, asked for £32m in funds but was only granted £17.1m for essential schemes.

    Currently, breeding animals are allowed to continue to be brought into the country from the EU untilJuly 1.

    The port’s report says: “From start to finish, this has been a frustrating process and precious time is being eaten up.”

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    INCOMING TRADE FROM GREAT BRITAIN REMAINS AT 'HALF THE LEVEL OF 2020'

    Irish customs officials say they are "concerned" about the low levels of goods coming into the country, as hauliers and importers grapple with new customs red tape.

    Eddie Burke, from the Department of Transport, said he would like to see the volume of incoming goods increase quicker than is currently happening.

    He told a briefing at Dublin Port: "What we've seen is very low volumes coming across from GB. We meet with the shipping companies and keep in contact with them on daily basis. And likewise, with the hauliers.

    "What we've seen from them and heard from them is that about 50 per cent of business is coming across from GB that would have been the case this time last year.”

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