A successful vaccination drive is crucial to Boris Johnson’s government It would restore faith in his premiership and deflate the Conservative Party’s lockdown rebels I N MEDIEVAL TIMES pilgrims came to Lichfield Cathedral to visit the shrine of St Chad, the dust from whose bones was said to cure all manner of ills. A trickle of pensioners, bundled against the cold, leaning on sticks and walking frames, processes through the great arched doorways. […] Britain is outperforming its neighbours: it had issued 7 doses per 100 people by January 18th, the highest rate in Europe, compared to 2 in Italy, 1.5 in Germany and 0.7 in France. The gap is largely due to Britain’s decision to opt out of the EU ’s programme of vaccine procurement and to offer emergency authorisation ahead of the European regulator. […] To Brexiteers, it is proof of Vote Leave’s claim that agility would be more valuable than membership of a huge market.
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