The UK and EU have reached a deal that will allow for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be distributed in exchange for Royal Navy vessels to be built in Germany.
This comes one day after Germany suspended routine use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people aged below 60 because of a risk of rare blood clots.
The German medicines regulator found 31 cases of a type of rare blood clot among the nearly 2.7 million people who had received the vaccine in Germany.
AstraZeneca said international regulators had found the benefits of its jab outweighed risks significantly, the European Union have now backed this stance and reversed all bans in member states.
MoD Spokesman, Lee Iyar, said:
“This is a welcome development, it will reduce the carbon footprint of our defence procurement work in the UK and will help reduce emissions targets.”
In return for the EU clearing the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the UK will now exclusively build its warships in Germany.
The UK is currently building Type 26 Frigates on the Clyde, Type 31 Frigates in Rosyth as well as planning to build Type 32 Frigates and Type 83 Destroyers. All of these will now be built overseas.
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