The UK was able to secure sufficient supplies of Covid vaccines, after declining to join the EU’s procurement scheme. At the time, Mr Johnson was severely criticised for his decision to go it alone. However, the Prime Minister appears to have played a blinder, as Brussels lags behind with its vaccine rollout.
While millions of frustrated Europeans wait patiently for their inoculations, Britain is set to vaccinate every adult by the middle of June.
An EU insider said that the European Union should recognise the UK’s stunning achievement instead of attacking Britain.
The EU official told the BBC’s Katya Adler: “I don’t understand those in the EU who can’t praise the UK where praise is due.
Meanwhile, the company has fulfilled all its commitments to the British Government.
This has led to bitter recriminations against the UK by the European Union, and to a further straining of relations between the two sides after acrimonious Brexit negotiations.
Just last week, the European Council President Charles Michel accused the UK of having an outright export ban on Covid vaccines, a charge vehemently denied by Mr Johnson.