The UK government is in urgent talks with the EU over joining its vaccine scheme, the Financial Times [£] has reported. Layla Moran has written to health secretary Matt Hancock urging him to join the EU vaccines scheme.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran commented: “The government must put people's lives before politics and join the EU's vaccine scheme. It would be absolutely unforgivable if Number 10's preoccupation with Brexit meant the NHS missed out on the benefits of this initiative, include securing bulk supplies at a lower price.
"At a time when Donald Trump is trying to hoard precious medical supplies in the fight against coronavirus, the UK and its European neighbours should be sticking together.
“Opportunities have already been missed to take part in vital EU schemes that could have helped the NHS combat this pandemic. We cannot afford to make the same mistakes again."