The European Council President this week sparked outrage in Downing Street after he accused the Government of slapping an “outright ban” on drugs giants from sending their jabs abroad. His remarks prompted a high-level intervention from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who insisted Britain had not blocked any exports and opposes “vaccine nationalism”. Despite this, Mr Michel, the EU’s most senior official, has continued to push his claim that Britain is preventing vaccines from leaving our shores.

“There is a question: they said that they didn’t decide a ban in the UK. We know, and I know because I am a politician, that there are different ways to impose a ban or to impose restrictions on vaccinet and/or on medicines, because on medicines there is a clear ban.

“But the question is the following: how many doses did they export? This is a very simple question, and since yesterday I haven’t heard the answer to this very simple question.”

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