‘Vaccine war’ could result in 3rd wave as holidays abroad illegal from Monday

There are concerns that a "vaccine war" with the EU could result in a third wave of Covid hitting the UK.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the warning on Monday (March 22) as tensions with European leaders over supplies of vaccine rise.

It is understood that EU leaders will meet on Thursday (March 25) to discuss the possibility of a ban on exports to the UK, reports the Independent.

However this has caused some to suggest that the UK could in turn prevent the export of some materials that are vital in the process of manufacturing vaccines.

Many countries in the European Union are currently experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases with some forced to increase Covid restrictions to help limit the spread.

Countries such as France, Germany and Italy have all experienced high levels on infection in the last few weeks.

Boris Johnson added that increases in infections in France and Italy would be dangerous to the UK despite the levels of infection, deaths and hospital admissions decreasing.

He said: "Experience has taught us that when a wave hits our friends, it washes up on our shores as well".

Over half the adult population in the UK has now been vaccinated but the numbers of those in Europe who have received their first jab is significantly lower.

New legislation will also come into effect from Monday that mean police will be able to issue fines to people who try to travel abroad.

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Police will be able to issue a fine of £5,000 until at least June 30 for anyone attempting to travel abroad for any reason other than the ones set out in law.

From March 29 Covid restrictions in the UK will be eased allowing families and friends to meet outside in groups of up to six people from different households or any number from just two households – this will include in public and private gardens.

The "stay at home" order will also end on Monday which has until now prevented anyone taking flights, but with the order coming to an end alternative legislation was needed to prevent people travelling abroad.

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