Nick Clegg admits that the EU “abandoned millions of people” by rolling out a terrible vaccine, saying “something went very badly”.
- Nick Clegg has admitted that the EU has abandoned millions of people because of vaccines
- The former deputy prime minister said something went very wrong with the block
- Ursula von der Leyen is increasingly angry about the slow progress
Nick Clegg admitted today that the EU has “abandoned millions of people” by introducing the horrific coronavirus vaccine.
The former deputy prime minister, usually a staunch supporter of the bloc, said in the pandemic response that “something went very badly”.
He said it was “understandable” that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was facing “a lot of trouble” as vaccination rates lag far behind the UK and the US.
The damn assessment came when Sir Nick – who now works for Facebook and lives in America – was interviewed on LBC radio.
The opposing fortunes of the UK and the EU were underscored this week when non-essential shops and pubs reopened in England while protests against new closures raged across the continent.
Brits under 50 are now routinely offered bumps and ministers insist they can cover the entire adult population by the summer.
Nick Clegg admitted today that the EU has “abandoned millions of people” by introducing the horrific coronavirus vaccine
Sir Nick said it was “understandable” that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) is facing “a lot of trouble” as vaccination rates lag far behind the UK and the US
There have been very opposing developments in the introduction of vaccines in the UK and the EU
All over 50s in the UK have now been offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine
Sir Nick said: “I think the EU has failed itself, more importantly, it has failed millions of Europeans by not providing people with vaccines on the scale and at the speed that in Britain and elsewhere was possible, and that has quite understandably caused a lot of trouble.
“No matter what people say to pollers in the UK, across the EU, people are impatiently waiting for their vaccines.”
Sir Nick said EU citizens could see the US, UK and other countries like Israel “getting vaccines up much faster”.
He insisted, ‘I hope they catch up … Covid everywhere is Covid everywhere …
“Something has clearly gone very wrong in the EU in the last few months.”
Sir Nick Clegg suggested that part of the problem was that EU governments did not make “very big stakes” on vaccines before they were proven to be effective.
But he also said that there were serious problems between the European Commission in Brussels and the Member States.
“Something was clearly lost in the translation,” said Sir Nick.
Protesters face the Italian police during a demonstration organized by the ‘Io Apro’ association with restaurant owners, entrepreneurs and small business owners to protest the Covid-19 restrictions