Brexit LIVE: Furious Britain to remind Brussels AstraZeneca jab would not exist without UK

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In order to end the vaccine spat between the UK and EU, British officials will warn Brussels the AstraZeneca vaccine would not be possible had it not been for the £84million funding from UK taxpayers. Without this vital money, there would be no vaccine for the EU at all, despite the UK leaving the bloc. Scientists at AstraZeneca and Oxford University have produced the vaccine at no profit but have been accused of failing to live up to its contract with the EU. 

According to The Daily Telegraph, the UK is pushing for its per capita investment in the vaccine to be taken into account during negotiations. 

As the UK is one single state in comparison to the EU 27, British officials will argue they have proportionally invested more into the vaccine’s development. 

The UK negotiating team, led by former ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow will also claim they plan to invest more into the Pfizer vaccine over the next 12 months. 

According to EU Commission vice-President Maros Sefcovic, the £15billion in funding will be taken into account during negotiations. 

Due to this, one diplomat claimed the British demand seemed reasonable but that Germany’s funding for the Pfizer jab, must also be considered. 

The issue between the two sides is centred on the production of the vaccine at the Halix plant, in Leiden. 

AstraZeneca has asked for certification for the Dutch plant in order to help boost exports to the EU. 

A diplomat said: “And how do we subtract the European investment in Halix?

“And the advance purchase agreement of the EU for the production of AstraZeneca vaccines that never came about?”

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According to The Daily Telegraph, the UK will warn the EU the AstraZeneca vaccine would not be possible without the funding from British taxpayers. 

Talks will resume on Monday with the UK team claiming the EU has benefited from £84million in funding for the jab. 

The UK has also pledged a further £15billion in 2021/22 for the Pfizer jab. 

British officials will also argue the UK’s investment in the AstraZeneca vaccine is proportionately more than a single EU state.

It is thought the UK’s claims were well received by EU diplomats as the two look to end the vaccine row. 

One diplomat said: “And how do we subtract the European investment in Halix?

“And the advance purchase agreement of the EU for the production of AstraZeneca vaccines that never came about?”

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