Coronavirus news UK update – EU in dramatic vaccine war climbdown after Boris blockade warning

EUROPE has backed away from threats of a vaccine war with the UK after emergency talks with Boris Johnson and EU chiefs.

No 10 and Brussels issued a rare joint statement vowing to work together and strike a deal on jabs supplies.

The bloc is livid with AstraZeneca for providing jabs made in Europe to Britain, but the pharma giant says it is duty-bound because the UK got in first.

In a joint statement issued last night, No 10 and the EU said: “We have been discussing what more we can do to ensure a reciprocally beneficial relationship between the UK and EU of Covid-19.

“We are working on specific steps we can take in the short, medium and long term to create a win-win situation and expand vaccine supply for all our citizens.”

An EU source said: “A win-win means both the UK and EU should share in getting less than anticipated.

“This is what is under discussion. We have to strike an agreement there and I really hope we can manage.”

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