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.
“When I was your age the world was still divided into two blocs. The superpowers fought to expand or maintain their sphere of influence. Well, this world is long gone. And yet the old confrontational mindset is back,” she said yesterday.
“Think of Covid-19 vaccines. Some countries view the search for a vaccine as a race among world powers, like the race for space in the 1960s.”
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