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We urgently need Covid-19 jabs – so starting vaccine wars will not help 

John Downing


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Hope: A health worker prepares a Covid-19 vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire. Photo: Steve Parsons/ PA

Hope: A health worker prepares a Covid-19 vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire. Photo: Steve Parsons/ PA

Hope: A health worker prepares a Covid-19 vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire. Photo: Steve Parsons/ PA

Note the date and time of reading this: Micheál Martin’s net message to Brussels on the EU vaccine conundrum is essentially correct.

The Taoiseach is just too polite to explicitly say that Ursula von der Leyen’s thinly veiled threats of a Covid-19 vaccine EU export ban risk starting a global pharmaceutical trade row which the EU cannot possibly finish. It may put up obstacles to the post-Brexit UK’s soaraway Covid-19 vaccine performance – but such a gain would be empty and short-lived.


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