Mike Galsworthy claimed the UK has been guilty of “vaccine nationalism” over its failure to export its vaccine supplies despite producing the jab. He insisted the European Union was right to put pressure on the British Government to share its jab stock with other countries. Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Dr Galsworthy said: “The UK, at the moment, is fairly guilty of gold-plated vaccine nationalism.
“We’re manufacturing and exporting nothing to anyone that needs it.
“Similarly in the States, they’ve exported nothing to anyone that needs it, even Mexico that’s been begging twice to have from them the AstraZeneca vaccine that they have manufactured but aren’t using because the States haven’t approved it yet.
“The EU is the powerhouse of the world in vaccine exports and what’s it saying to the UK is ‘you’re sitting on a little island and you’re producing your own, and you’re getting from us.'”
Dr Galsworthy added: “One in three people in the UK who’ve had that vaccine jab in their arm, that’s EU-built stuff that’s been delivered to them with love.
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“The EU is saying, can you help out, please? Can you be responsible, can you chip in? Cause if not we’ll behave like the US and we’ll behave like you and start freezing you out.”
It comes as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a speech on Wednesday condemning the UK for a lack of vaccine “generosity.”
Ms von der Leyen was adamant that the EU should be receiving more vaccines from Britain given that Brussels was sending doses in the other direction.
She called for “reciprocity and proportionality” in exports, pointing out that 10 million doses of vaccine had gone from the EU to the UK.
The EU rate of vaccine doses administered per 100 people stands at 11.81, according to a tracker on the Our World In Data website.
This is in stark contrast to the UK’s rate of 39.04 and 33.11 in the US.
As of Tuesday, the UK had given 25.2 million people the first dose of the vaccine.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reacted furiously to the threat of a vaccine blockade, and warned the Europeans the “world’s watching” as he suggested the group of nations was acting like a “less democratic” regime.