BRITAIN has now vaccinated more people than the whole of the EU put together.
Some 13million Brits have had a first dose, compared to 12.18million people in the 27 EU nations.
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The figure emerged as Brussels bosses were forced to admit being far too slow.
Despite an apology, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen insisted allowing member states to buy jabs separately “would have been the end of our community”.
The Commission chief admitted that the bloc’s vaccine programme hasn’t gone as well as hoped.
She said: “We were late to authorise, we were too optimistic when it came to mass production, and perhaps we were too confident that what we ordered would actually be delivered on time.
“We need to ask ourselves why that is the case and what lessons we can draw from this experience.”
She also apologised for the EU’s threat to trigger a vaccine border in Ireland, calling it a “mistake I deeply regret”.
Dutch MEP Derk Jan Eppink urged her to resign while French MEP Manon Aubry called for a formal investigation.
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