Australia’s finance minister Simon Birmingham has blasted the European Union over yesterday’s news that they would be swiping 250,000 AstraZeneca coronavirus jabs intended for the land down under.
“We are obviously disappointed and frustrated by this decision. It is very much a reminder of the desperation that exists in other parts of the world, compared with the very good position we found ourselves in here in Australia” said Mr Birmingham, in comments that have been interpreted as a swipe at the EU’s woeful record on coronavirus vaccinations.
He went on to tell Sky News Australia that “the world is in uncharted territory at present, it’s unsurprising that some countries would tear up the rule book” – throwing shade on the EU’s outrageous decision to block exports of the miracle jabs.
Leading Brexiteer and former UK Brexit Secretary David Davis was quick to slam the bloc’s sickening decision too, telling The Telegraph: “Frankly, it amounts to disgraceful behaviour. It comes at the end of a period where it took them a long time to approve the vaccine, then some of their leaders questioned the value of the vaccine, and it looks likely they wasted the vaccine as a result of that because of an uptake shortfall.
“And now this. I’m afraid the EU is putting at risk the goodwill of the rest of the world. It is disgraceful behaviour and sad, really, because they are our friends and allies.”
This site reported yesterday how Brussels and Italy had conspired to block a shipment of 250,000 doses of the life-saving drug to Australia, claiming that drugmaker AstraZeneca has failed to fulfill contractual obligations to the bungling bloc.
It comes in the wake of a long and still on-going row about vaccine doses that broke out at the start of the year.
It seemed to reach its apex at the end of January when the EU briefly triggered Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol in a mad bid to block vaccine exports to Britain. They were eventually forced into a humiliating climbdown by the British and Irish national governments.