EU could seize vaccine production facilities, says von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has spectacularly admitted that the European Union could seize vaccine production facilities and suspend intellectual property rights to secure doses, telling a journalist that “all options are on the table.”

She was referring to a question about potential use of Article 122, which would also let Eurocrats impose even more severe export bans on the life-saving wonder drugs.

“We are in the crisis of the century and I’m not ruling out anything for now. We have to make sure Europeans are vaccinated as soon as possible” said the top Eurocrat.

She cited use of the provision during the 1970s oil crisis as “a legal basis” for the potential move.

In her remarks, she also mulled over “whether exports to countries who have higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate”, suggesting that the disgusting threats could be a bitter response to Britain’s brilliant roll-out while European nations continue to suffer under EU bungling.

According to the most recent comparable data, Brexit Britain has delivered nearly four times more jabs per capita than the European Union, who are lagging behind because of supply issues caused by the pathetic deal-making of clueless Eurocrats.

Any plans to block exports to Britain would again see the EU brush up against their stated wish to prevent a border emerging on the island of Ireland. A desperate January attempt to create a vaccine border led to a rapid U-turn following pressure from the British and Irish governments.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has hit out at the comments, saying: “I think it takes some explaining, because the world’s watching. We’ve, all of us, including with our European friends, been saying throughout the pandemic, that you’d be wrong to curtail or interfere with lawfully-contracted supply.”

He also said that “we, like our European friends are keeping supply chains open, keeping trade and vital supplies of medical equipment and vaccines is critically important. We all been arguing for this. And we expect those assurances and legally contracted supply to be respected.

“Frankly, I’m surprised we’re having this conversation. It is normally what the UK and EU team up with to reject when other countries with less democratic regimes than our own engage in that kind of brinkmanship.”