Traffic jam concern: British want to have corona vaccine flown in if necessary. “We have a plan for the vaccine, which is produced in Belgium,” Health Minister Matt Hancock told the BBC on Thursday evening. At the turn of the year, when the Brexit transition phase ends, long traffic jams are expected at the British borders. “If necessary, we can have the vaccine flown in to avoid these problems,” said Hancock.
Like the rest of the world, Great Britain, which has been badly hit by the corona pandemic, has high hopes for the promising corona vaccine candidate from Biontech and Pfizer . Economics Minister Alok Sharma had previously avoided questions at a press conference on Thursday whether the expected traffic jams at the borders could cause delays in the vaccine.
Great Britain left the European Union at the end of January, but is still in a transition phase until the end of the year, in which largely the same rules apply as before. At the turn of the year, the country loses free access to the EU internal market and the customs union. Currently, London and Brussels are still wrestling with a trade pact. But even if such an agreement can still be reached, new controls and handling processes will be necessary at the border, which will considerably delay the processes.