Vaccinated Britons at risk from mutant Covid strains – ‘Nobody is safe until all are safe’
Amid the European Union’s slow vaccine rollout, Dr Muhammad Munir of the University of Lancaster said when it comes to halting the coronavirus pandemic, “nobody is safe until all are safe”. The scientist said that partial inoculations drives the “survivability of the virus so that it has to mutate”. Referring to claims of EU vaccine nationalism, author and columnist for The Spectator Mathew Lynn said: “The EU has itself fired the first shots in the vaccine wars, permitting Italy to block the export of 250,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab to Australia. It turns out that when it comes to petty nationalism, the EU leads the world.”
Many scientists warn if only select countries manage to vaccinate their populations, this risks creating conditions for the pathogen to evolve into deadly new mutant strains in other non-vaccinated countries.