UK told ‘little island will feel very small’ – EU official lashes out after vaccine fiasco
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The EU has been widely criticised for its glacial rollout as just 11.3 percent of people over the age of 18 have received their first dose of a vaccine. Only 4.9 percent of people have received both jabs of a vaccine.
In comparison, more than 30 million people in the UK have already been vaccinated.
But now, a senior EU diplomat has attacked Britain’s successful vaccine rollout claiming the country will feel “very small” as neighbouring countries are still not vaccinated.
They said: “You might feel very happy on your little island when you are all vaccinated, but your island might feel very small when you cannot leave it because your neighbours are not vaccinated.”
Neale Richmond, an Irish government backbencher, warned the bloc that Brexit Britain has “created a framework” for other countries to leave the EU.
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He told CNN: “The perception that the UK is rolling out so fast while the EU is stumbling from crisis to crisis is very unhelpful.
“While no one believes a member state is going to leave over the EU’s handling of the pandemic or that it will fall apart, the post-Brexit reality is that all crises are automatically linked to the fact the UK has created a framework for leaving.”
While Mujtaba Rahman, managing director for Europe at the Eurasia Group, said the EU’s slow rollout is part of the Commission’s “failures on health policy”.
She said: “Europe’s pandemic can be viewed through the Commission’s failures on health policy and its successes on economic policy.