Some good letters have been published in the Swindon Advertiser around the fact that Brexit was not responsible for the UK getting the vaccine deployed first (see the link below)
Hope you enjoy them!
Swindon for Europe
Vaccine not a Brexit issue
Steve Halden appears to have made the same error as Matt Hancock, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and Nadine Dorries in suggesting that Brexit had some influence on the approval of the Covid vaccine in the UK. All EU states are able to individually approve medicines in the event of an emergency, such as a pandemic. Having the vaccine approved so quickly is a remarkable feat, but it’s nothing to do with Brexit.Corinne Mildiner
An approval myth
Steve Halden, in his letter of 11 December, adds yet another myth to the falsehoods about the EU that have been invented over the past 60 years or so (including by Boris Johnson).
During the 2020 transition period, the UK is following EU regulations, including those dealing with the approval of new medicines. The UK invoked the emergency procedures under the EU regulations to rush its approval of the Pfizer vaccine. The EU countries, on the other hand, have chosen to use the normal approval procedure so as to inspire confidence in the vaccine within their populations. But to re-iterate, the UK and the EU-27 are abiding by the same regulations and procedures for the approval of the COVID vaccinesTony Mayer
I hope that you will allow me to take issue with Mr Halden’s claims that Vote Leave and Boris Johnson are the reason why the UK has the first Covid-19 vaccine.
May I respectfully remind him that it was an Irish immigrant to the UK who received the first shot of vaccine and that it was administered by a nurse from the Philippines. Furthermore, the vaccine was imported from Belgium, developed by a German company founded by Turkish immigrants and distributed by a US firm whose CEO is a Greek Jew.Steve Cowdry
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