PeteSpencer wrote:..we (UK) roared ahead in vaccine development, having by virtue of Brexit, ditched the pan-European ties to doing it the 'Brussels way' of procurement.
there was nothing in EU membership which would have prevented that. It started during the UK's Transition period; and Hungary, another EU member, unilaterally chose to procure the Russian vaccine, then (and I believe still) not approved by the EU Medicines Agency. Such things were and are under national competence.
A reply that Sir Humphrey would be proud of Kanga
As we all know the EU Commission put huge energy in to (potentially illegally) side-lining those very same "national competencies" in a health power grab to centralise development, procurement and distribution across the EU27. At the same time they and their prime national movers expended equal, if not more, effort to undermine those nations which (embarrassingly for the EU) moved faster and more effectively including the very one where the EU's former health regulator had carried on in national form - the UK.
The horrific consequences to both health and society are being felt right now on the European mainland and will take years to unravel, maybe with (even more) bloodshed.
Orwell would have had a view on calling it "competencies" and he even invented a word for it; Doublespeak.
^ point of order, not a rabbit hole for the thread.
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