The Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has come under fire for vowing to defy UK government demands and publish details of the UK’s vaccine supplies, in a move that critics fear could undermine the UK’s vaccine roll-out programme.
The first minister is under intense pressure in Scotland for the underperforming Scottish vaccine scheme, which is lagging behind the incredible pace being set by England.
Calculations reported recently showed England moving at double the pace of Scotland, with opposition politicians asking why Scotland was being left behind as the British Army was called in to speed up the Scottish roll-out.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson claimed there were 500,000 jabs awaiting delivery as GPs north of the border warned of administrative delays from the SNP.
Now, in a bid to save face, the first minister has promised to reveal details of the UK’s vaccine supply “regardless of what they say”.
The data could spark international jealousy and help the European Union strong arm vaccine makers into diverting jabs from Britain, undermining the British sprint towards national immunity.
The Herald quoted a source saying: “The reason we didn’t want to publish these figures was because everyone in the world wants these vaccines.
“If other countries see how much we are getting, they are likely to put pressure on the drug firms to give them some of our allocation.”
The UK is currently understood to enjoy very healthy weekly supplies of the groundbreaking Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine thanks to a smoothly functioning production facility in Wales, while the Belgian plant supplying the EU is struggling due to production delays caused by EU incompetence.
The imbalance, caused by Brussels bungling, has caused the bloc to demand British doses be diverted while hypocritically plotting to erect barriers to vaccine exports from Europe.
A Tory MP quoted by the Daily Mail said that the threat proved that Ms Sturgeon is “obviously more inclined to help the EU than she is the UK.”
The grandstanding separatist has long supported membership of the European Union, with Eurosceptic critics accusing her of wanting to swap government from Westminster for government from Brussels.