Airlift of COVID-19 vaccines to the UK

According to reports by The Guardian, sources in the health and defence ministries confirmed that arrangements have been made to bring in large charges from 1 January by air if road, rail and sea routes were subject to widely expected delays after that date due to Brexit. [Shutterstock/Aedka Studio]

Tens of millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in Belgium could be flown to Britain by military aircraft to avoid delays at ports caused by Brexit.

According to reports by The Guardian, sources in the health and defence ministries confirmed that arrangements have been made to bring in large charges from 1 January by air if road, rail and sea routes were subject to widely expected delays after that date due to Brexit.

The move shows that ministers expect severe disruptions at ports and commercial airports whether or not there is a Brexit deal with the EU, the report states.

Since the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in the UK by regulators last week, about 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have already been transported through the English Channel Tunnel and stored in secure locations, while another five million are expected in Britain by the end of the year.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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