Brexit is ‘saving lives’ due to vaccinations claims Richard Tice
Mr Tice has claimed that Britain being outside the control of the European Union has allowed the country’s vaccination programme to power ahead in terms of doses administered. As the UK celebrate almost five million people vaccinated for coronavirus on Friday, the Brexiteer spoke of his pride in delivering Brexit as he argued the withdrawal from the EU helped avoid an even worse death toll from the virus. Mr Tice claimed that had Britain remained under the sway of Brussels, far fewer Britons would have received a vaccine.
The Reform UK chairman told TalkRADIO: “We now have almost 5 million people vaccinated here.
“If we had still been in the EU or given in to their pressure we’d probably just have a few hundred thousand people vaccinated.
“Brexit is literally saving lives and I’m quite proud of that.”
In total, more than 4,973,248 people in the UK have received their first vaccine dose, with approximately a further 464,036 receiving a second jab as the country’s historic vaccination programme continues at pace.
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The UK Government is continuing to vaccinate the country’s most vulnerable and is on track to meet its target of 13 million people vaccinated by the middle of February.
A number of EU members see their Covid vaccine rollouts struggle to behind those of the UK.
Ireland has been found itself barred from ordering up doses of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine according to former Irish diplomat
Ray Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, told Express.co.uk: “Our Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has just been rebuffed publicly when he suggested that Ireland should bring in some supplies of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID vaccine in anticipation of its approval by the European Medicines Agency.
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“The Irish Government was sharply told by the Commission that this would not be permitted.
“It is hard to see how any democratic Government should allow itself to be overruled by an unelected body like the Commission especially when the health of its citizens is involved in a pandemic.”
Health ministers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden wrote in a joint letter to the European Commission following the announcement that “this situation is unacceptable”.
Meanwhile, several EU-based politicians have been critical of the UK’s decision to clear the Pfizer vaccine several weeks before Brussels did likewise.
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Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo offered his take on the situation last month telling broadcaster VRT News: “They have used their population as guinea pigs over there, and they have opted not to do these extra tests.”
Boris Johnson is due to address the nation today to make an urgent plea for Britons to follow the coronavirus rules in place.
The UK Government is said to be considering a number of ways in which they can increase compliance with the restrictions.
These include greater fines for rule-breakers and possibly introducing a £500 payment to those that test positive for coronavirus.
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