UK vaccinates more people in three days than France has in total

Over six million Brits have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as the roll-out continues full steam ahead across the United Kingdom.

Vaccination deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi announced that 6,353,321 Brits had now had the jab, up 491,970 on the day before.

Since Thursday, 1,380,073 vaccinations have been administered across Britain.

Health secretary, Matt Hancock, couldn’t resist a swipe at the French this morning, telling Sky News the country has “vaccinated more people in the last three days than France has in the entire length of this disease”.

After an incredibly slow start, the French prime minister, Jean Castex, finally announced on Saturday that the nation had reached one million vaccinations.

A French Health Ministry official confirmed that the government was on course to achieve its rather unambitious target of vaccinating 2.4 million people by the end of February.

As Britain goes from strength to strength in its vaccination deployment, EU leaders are panicking over rapidly dwindling stocks of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and member state leaders are growing restless.

Member states signed up to an EU-wide contract which gave the European Commission the competence to negotiate vaccine procurement on behalf of all member states.

Despite individual nations being banned from negotiating in isolation, Germany risked the wrath of Brussels by pre-ordering its own batch of Pfizer/BioNTech.

Hungary too has decided to take the matter into its own hands after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán described the EU programme as “frustratingly” slow. It became the first European country to give preliminary approval to the Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V and ordered enough for a million people.

Patience among member states with the principle of European solidarity is beginning to dwindle…