Note that I didn’t at all claim that the UK hasn’t participated in the race to develop a vaccine. In fact, they have at least one highly credible candidate. It’s just that the particular vaccine BJ celebrated as a great national triumph was created by Turkish immigrants to Germany, developed in conjunction by a US multinational company and actually manufactured in Belgium. It should be properly celebrated as a triumph of globalism and for that matter capitalism, albeit backstopped by massive pre-orders from several governments.This sounds like a variation of True Scotsman..No, it does seem clear that England won the race to be the first Western country to agree to take delivery and apply the vaccine. However, since they took no other part in discovering it or producing it, and are in the process of closing their border to the continent, there may be some unique logistical challenges to follow.
UK vaccines, China, CCCP, US vaccines ... spoiled for choice.