Von der Leyen slams Boris' 'confrontational' space-race mentality to COVID-19 vaccines
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Ursula von der Leyen has criticised Boris Johnson’s “confrontational” space-race mentality on vaccinations as a senior German minister pointed to Britain’s “endless suffering” to show Europe’s superiority in the fight against the virus.
The European Commission president warned an international meeting of students organised by Warwick University that competition over vaccines and vaccination rates resembled the Cold War.
THE EU's chief has warned of growing tensions between nations as she compared the global vaccine row to the 1960s "Cold War space race".
Speaking to the student-led Warwick Economics Summit via video-link, the EU chief said of Covid-19 jabs: "This is not a competition between Europeans, Russians, Chinese and Americans; this is too serious."
The commission president told today's conference how she still remembers when "the world was still divided in two blocs".
"The superpowers were fighting to expand or maintain their sphere of influence. Well, this world is long gone," she added.
Von der Leyen then told how a "confrontational mindset has arrived" in the so called race for vaccines among western nations.
She continued: "Think for instance about Covid-19 vaccines. Some countries see the quest for a vaccine as a race amongst global powers, like the space race in the 1960s.
"This is an illusion. The only race is against the virus, and the virus is spreading faster than ever before."
Speaking to Mail Online, Tory MP Bob Seely said: 'These are sensible words and I agree, but I hope that means no more aggressive or petulant bullying tactics over the Northern Irish border or over threats to block exports.
COVID 'WAR' EU chief Ursula von der Leyen compares global Covid vaccine row to the ‘Cold War space race’
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