Brexit hailed as crucial for UK vaccine success ‘Should be shouting it from rooftops’

Jeremy Vine: Shay Grewal discusses vaccine success

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BBC Radio’s Shay Grewal weighed in during a Jeremy Vine debate on whether the UK’s successful vaccination programme was a result of Brexit. Grewal argued that the success of the UK’s vaccine programme could be attributed to Britain quitting the European Union. The broadcast said she agreed with Sir James Dyson’s belief that the UK had been able to operate much quicker than Europe in rolling out and developing a vaccine.  

Grewal told Jeremy Vine: “I completely have to say I agree with Sir James Dyson.

“Let’s look at the figures here. 47 percent of the UK population has had their first jab and when you look at the EU they are still at around 15 percent.

“So if it wasn’t for us, as James Dyson has said, being independent looking at our own research, getting our own scientists on this.

“Perhaps we still would have been lagging behind like the EU.”

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She added: “I think this is a huge success story when it comes to the vaccine.

“And I think he is absolutely right if it hadn’t been for Brexit perhaps we wouldn’t have been in this case.

“Where we are looking at Summer when the majority of the population if not all of it will have received their first jab.

“This is a big win for us and we should be shouting it from the rooftops and celebrating it.”

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Speaking to BBC Breakfast about Brexit, Mr Dyson said: “I think it is much more than [trade agreements] it gives us independence of spirits. 

“And that couldn’t be better demonstrated than in the development of the vaccine. 

“We were not part of the European Union’s development of the vaccine we had to develop our own brilliantly at Oxford. 

“And they produced a world-beating vaccine produced in record time. 

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“And that’s because we did it independently, we had the independence of thought and independence of action.”

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