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Covid vaccine nationalism is becoming the status quo - Boris Johnson is facing pressure to act

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When Matt Hancock intervened last spring to stop the University of Oxford from partnering with the US company Merck, the idea was to prevent the UK from being on the wrong end of vaccine nationalism.

With the then US president Donald Trump talking about an America First policy on jabs, Department of Health officials were concerned Trump could bring in export controls and stop Oxford vaccines from Merck leaving the country. Instead, Oxford partnered with AstraZeneca.

But as the UK government is fast having to learn, vaccine nationalism is not confined to any one country. Instead it’s becoming the status quo. As America – this time under Joe Biden – continues to prioritise doses for its own citizens, the concern in Westminster is that the EU could be about to adopt similar tactics that could affect the supply of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and more.

Tensions have been simmering between the two sides for some time. The EU first threatened vaccine exports earlier this year but its plan to do so by invoking Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol was so widely condemned that they quickly........

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