The EU did not think this through or if they did took the wrong line.
Unfortunately the EU is a well known over bureaucratic organisation, perhaps too big for its own good, and more likely used to having its own way, pleasing itself, rather than understanding others.
It took way too long to approve any vaccines and delayed ordering vaccines to, perhaps, just before the last minute and then expected everyone to ‘jump to attention’.
The the EU does not control the whole world and now, not even the UK, it should abide by international law, not only when it agrees with
it, but especially when not so.
When the UK was threatening to include clauses into the Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU, they were ‘up in arms’ about it and perhaps with justification.
But then within a short time they did, or tried to do something similar and pleased no one.
One of the good points, is they did a ‘U-turn’, which has mitigated some of the outcomes, but the thought they did it once, will not go away.
This does leave a ‘door ajar’, for, perhaps others to do so as well.
What it readily shows is the the EU can’t be trusted, which many in the UK have believed for sometime, whether correctly or not.
The UK, appear to not wish to make, much capital from the EUs actions, for which the UK should be applauded for, and it goes some way so as not to sour relations between the UK and EU, but any similar actions by the EU will not go down well, not only the UK, but many of the countries within the EU.
To some extent this appears to justify the UKs Brexit actions and could, in time, lead other countries to think about their own membership of the EU.
But, all that been said, lets put all this behind us and work better together, if in many respects separately. For it has been shown that the more working together is beneficial for all concerned, for this the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to vaccines development has been a great example.
Lets dwell on the positives and endeavour to discount the negatives.
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Source: Coronavirus: AstraZeneca defends EU vaccine rollout plan – BBC News