(ConservativePeak.com)- After years of battling it out with the European Union, the United Kingdom finally came to a deal with the political union and trading bloc and terminated its membership. It followed a bitterly-fought 2016 referendum and years of claims by the left-wing media that the UK would struggle to be an independent country.
But according to a new report from the Associated Press, the United Kingdom just purchased 60 million doses of a new coronavirus vaccine candidate. It comes as the European Union massively falls behind on vaccinating its citizens with its centralized and coordinated strategy, and the UK leads substantially.
President of the Pays de la Loire regional council, Christelle Morancais, said that purchase from the pharmaceutical company based in Loire is a “true waste.”
“The UK rolled out the red carpet for this company, helping with financing and the set-up, and we were powerless.”
The United Kingdom has also ordered a further 40 million vaccine doses and expects more doses from Valneva which has established a manufacturing plant in Scotland. The UK has enjoyed a speedy rollout of the vaccine having negotiated contracts with pharmaceutical companies much earlier than the European Unions’ 27 countries.
Britain even beat the United States on regulatory approval, with its national regulatory agency authorizing the use of vaccines more quickly than other Western nations.
The British Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that the country was administering around 1,000 vaccines per minute and will have vaccinated every person over the age of 50 by May.
“The limiting factor is vaccine supply so the vaccine supply remains finite,” he said in an interview with Sky News. “I can tell you that yesterday between 11 and 12 o’clock we almost got to 1,000 jobs a minute, we got to 979 jabs a minute.”
Over 11.4 million people in the United Kingdom have now received the first dose of the vaccine, and the country is on track to offering a vaccine to every person in the top four priority groups by the middle of February.
Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is facing intense pressure from EU member states after a slow start to the vaccine rollout. Germany has only administered roughly three million doses so far.
The UK is third in the world, behind only Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Brexit Britain seems to be winning…