Thank you, Brexit

The roll-out of vaccinations is supposed to be a uniting effort globally. Instead, it’s turned into a geopolitical spat, with people’s lives on the line.

Brexit opened our eyes to see that the UK Government were right to pursue their own vaccine strategy, despite Labour calls to join the EU scheme. That which saw the EU pour an embarrassing amount of money into hopeless vaccines, such as the French/British-made Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine, proved fruitless.

Ursula von der Leyen made a case for Brexit better than Nigel Farage, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Michael Gove MP, Baroness Kate Hoey and Wetherspoons owner Tim Martin combined ever could.

Brexit supporters did not need to make a case for Brexit, the EU’s recent attacks on the UK’s vaccine supplies show the EU’s true colours, and given the recent shift in public opinion, the public may all be Brexiteers now. The nerve-shredding 5 hours when the EU publicly announced they intended to put a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland managed to unite the country, where even some of the most ardent Remainers called on the EU to back down.

The EU threatened to place a hard border in Ireland, colour me shocked – it’s disgraceful they would do this so liberally to punish the UK.

For the first time since the UK left the EU, almost the whole nation released a sigh of relief as if to say, “thank God we got out of there”. AstraZeneca (AZ) tried to supply as many countries as possible with their vaccine, honouring their contracts with its best reasonable efforts to get vaccines to EU countries.

But the EU kicked up a fuss, so how did we get here? The EU lagged behind on vaccines from the start, as seen in the graphs below. The UK have provided more first doses of vaccines of all EU countries and the EU as a whole.