Two years on and the UK is once again leading the way with its booster programme, topping the table in Europe. According to the official figures on 01 December 2021, Brexit Britain has administered a higher number of booster vaccinations per million citizens than any EU country.
The UK is once again out-performing Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and all other EU member countries when it comes to the new booster vaccinations.
As the parliament in Berlin prepares next week to cancel Christmas for the unvaccinated in Germany, the UK is storming ahead.
Britain’s booster programme is currently running at a rate more than twice as fast as that of the EU’s most populous member country.
The man taking over from Angela Merkel, Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz said: “Get a vaccine, get a booster – that’s how we get out of this crisis.”
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The advice was offered on Thursday, as the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel joined him in saying she is in favour of mandatory vaccinations.
Angela Merkel’s comments come as the number of Germans in ICU units is threatening to overwhelm the country’s health system, according to German media reports.
From next week, under laws to be approved by the Bundestag, unvaccinated people in Germany will no longer be able to access almost all businesses except for supermarkets and pharmacies.
When it comes to the EU’s second and third-largest economies, France and Italy, the United Kingdom is even further ahead in the booster programme.
The UK’s booster rate is running at a rate 2.3 times faster than in those countries.
In Paris yesterday the Santé Publique France reported almost 50,000 new cases in 24 hours, with over 2,000 people in intensive care.
President Macron was on a visit to the UAE, where he said: “This fifth wave is here but we must continue to vaccinate, to vaccinate, to vaccinate, to respect protective measures, to keep to the disciplines and to continue to organize ourselves.”
And in Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo decreed that all primary and nursery schools will shut one week early, as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile the number of cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 are at low levels. In France yesterday just 12 cases were reported by the country’s health ministry.