“The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends,” Boris Johnson told Tory MPs.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the unanticipated remarks in a private meeting of Tory MPs before an instant withdrawal during a Zoom call with the backbenchers.
In an attempt to backtrack his comments and avoid straining relations with the EU by hailing the fact that the over 28 million people had already received the first jab of the covid vaccine in the UK whilst the EU faces a slow jab rollout due to shortages, Mr Johnson made withdrawal remarks.
“Actually I regret saying it. Forget I said that,” the prime minister said.
In recent days Mr Johnson has been making discussions with European leaders in an effort to talk them out from imposing an export ban on Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine exports to the UK when they meet on Thursday.
Speaking at a No 10 press conference Mr Johnson said: “We in this country don’t believe in blockades of any kind of vaccines or vaccine material, that’s not something that this country would dream of engaging in.”
Wales Office Minister David TC Davies, who had been present in the meeting held on Tuesday, defended Mr Johnson`s remarks stating that the prime minister had “made it absolutely clear it was a joke – a reference to the film Wall Street”.
“Whoever leaked that needs to take a long hard look at themselves because it was very irresponsible,” he added.