Reports emerged this week suggesting France sought to hijack a delivery of 5,000 Pfizer coronavirus vaccines headed for the UK at the height of the pandemic. Sky News presenter Niall Paterson challenged the former Vaccine Minister on the story to check the veracity of the claims. Mr Paterson said: “Story that appeared yesterday. Did France really steal 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from us?”
Mr Zahawi said he would not be able to comment on the allegations but did not openly deny them.
He said: “I can’t possibly comment. We had a challenging situation with the EU Commission.
“We always took the view that we don’t block any exports of any vaccine from the UK.
“The way we got our vaccine is through having good contracts and doing brilliant job as the Vaccine Taskforce as a whole to deliver those contracts.
“The EU Commission worked with us to make sure our supplies from Belgium worked well and, of course, we did everything we can to help France and other countries as well.”
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