Ann Widdecombe issues blistering rant over EU’s ‘childish’ attempt to discredit UK vaccine

EU's 'shambolic' vaccine rollout criticised by Ann Widdecombe

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Ann Widdecombe branded the EU’s vaccine rollout “utterly shambolic” in a furious rant against the bloc. The latest figures suggest that 27 percent of the UK population has received a first jab compared with just 6 percent of the EU population. Ms Widdecombe said that Brussels only have themselves to blame, before calling out EU leaders for a “childish attempt to punish the UK” by discrediting the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

TalkRADIO host Patrick Christys said: “The EU seems to be in a bit of disarray.

“Emmanuel Macron said he wouldn’t take the AstraZeneca vaccine, now he is going to take it. Angela Merkel said she won’t take it. They can’t make their minds up!”

Ms Widdecombe responded: “The vaccine rollout is utterly shambolic, and it’s the result of two things.

“First thing, sheer overwhelming bureaucracy has always defined the EU, so its processes were always much longer than ours.

“We got on with it, we recognised we were in the middle of a national emergency.

“If we were still in the EU we would have been tied down by this awful vaccine programme.”

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She went on to criticise the EU’s attempt to discredit and attack the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed at Oxford University.

The former Brexit Party MEP said: “The second is a very childish attempt, always, to try and make life difficult for the UK.

“So, they said, this is the UK vaccine but it’s not okay for over-65s, you don’t really want to have it.

“It was a way of trying to punish the UK. It’s time they got over themselves!

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“We left and they have never forgiven us. They are resentful of what we did and they want to make our life as hard as possible.”

It emerged this week that four out of five of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses delivered to EU countries are yet to be used, according to an investigation by the Guardian.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted to an “acceptance problem” among Europeans being offered the jab.

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Asked whether she would volunteer to be given the vaccine, Ms Merkel responded: “I am 66 years old and I do not belong to the recommended group for AstraZeneca.”

However, the European Medicines Agency has authorised the vaccine for use across the bloc for all adults.

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron sparked outrage when he suggested – without evidence – that the AstraZeneca vaccine was “quasi-ineffective” in over-65s.

On Thursday, Mr Macron has since tried to backtrack on these remarks, even adding he would gladly accept an AstraZeneca dose if it were offered. 

Professor Alain Fischer, the man overseeing France’s vaccination programme, told a press conference in Paris on Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine had received an “unjustifiably bad press”.

However, observers suggest that the damage has been done with thousands of Italian doctors now calling on Rome to drop the AstraZeneca vaccine completely.

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