Boris Johnson teams up with Angela Merkel to head off EU Covid vaccine war

BORIS Johnson and Angela Merkel last night teamed up against Brussels to head off a vaccine war — despite a fresh gaffe where the PM boasted greed got Britain the jab first.

The Prime Minister suggested he wants to reach a compromise with European countries — as Germany’s leader ruled out totally blocking British supplies.

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Boris Johnson teamed up with Angela Merkel to head off a vaccine war[/caption]
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Germany’s leader ruled out totally blocking British supplies[/caption]

But Mrs Merkel is backing a targeted block on AstraZeneca jabs earmarked for Britain.

Hours later the PM risked inflaming the EU vaccines war by telling Tory MPs in a ­private Zoom address “it was greed, my friends” which helped Britain get the jab first.

He was hailing the efforts of “big pharma” in manufacturing the life-saving jab in lightning-quick time.

He later added: “Actually, I regret saying it.”

Boris has spent days pleading with European leaders to abandon their jab export ban threat.

The PM told the No 10 press conference last night: “We don’t believe in blockades of any kind of vaccines.”

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Mrs Merkel still threw her weight behind the EU chief’s plan to crack down on AstraZeneca shipments[/caption]

Daily UK Covid deaths have halved in a fortnight, with another 112 reported.

Another 5,379 tested positive, down from 5,766 two weeks ago.

And 28,327,873 first jabs have been given, with 2,363,684 second doses.

 

 

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