Brexit latest news LIVE – EU boss compares race for Covid vaccines to ‘cold war’ after bid to block jab exports to UK

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen compared the global competition over vaccines to the 1960s “Cold War space race”.

It follows the bloc’s attempt to implement strict export controls in a bid to stop doses reaching the UK.

Speaking to the student-led Warwick Economics Summit via video-link, she said: “When I was your age, the world was still divided into two blocs. 

“The superpowers were fighting to expand or maintain their sphere of influence. Well, this world is long gone. 

“And yet, the old confrontational mindset has arrived. Think for instance about Covid-19 vaccines. 

“Some countries see the quest for a vaccine as a race amongst global powers, like the space race in the 1960s. 

“This is an illusion. The only race is against the virus, and the virus is spreading faster than ever before.”

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