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Alastair Campbell mocked for claiming ‘Brexit madness’ will cause COVID-19 vaccine delays

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Tony Blair’s former adviser Alastair Campbell was ridiculed for predicting Brexit chaos during a conversation on the coronavirus vaccine. While on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, ex-footballer and commentator Chris Kamara joked Mr Campbell’s middle name was “spin doctor” as he shifted the conversation to a negative Brexit prediction. Mr Campbell claimed that as the UK could be getting the vaccine through Belgium, there would be delays due to Brexit “madness” in the new year.

Mr Campbell said: “The vaccine is going to come to the UK through Belgium.

“Now, let us just think about things that might be happening in January that might just cause a few difficulties at the ports.

“Let us just hope that doesn’t happen with the Brexit madness coming down the track.

“In a very good week for the world, it is bye Trump and hello vaccine, two good things in a few days.”

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Mr Kamara made a dig at Mr Campbell for shifting the conversation to Brexit saying “his middle name wasn’t spin doctor for nothing.”

Which Mr Campbell laughed and shot back that “spin doctor” was two names.

The former Tony Blair adviser also admitted that with the new vaccine there is still significant progress to be made.

He said: “The vaccine should be good news but you have got to be a bit careful with vaccines.

“But definitely I love the story of the German couple but we have got to be very careful.

“You know how people say we have got the vaccine and it is 90 percent safe, every time they produce a new batch it has to go through all the same tests.

“This idea that it is all going to snap and everything will be fine I don’t think is the case.”

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Boris Johnson also asked for caution and vigilance from Britons after hearing the news about a potential coronavirus vaccine that could be administered before Christmas. 

He tweeted: “If and when the Pfizer & BioNTech Group vaccine is approved, we will be ready to start using it.

“But the biggest mistake we could make now would be to slacken our resolve at such a critical moment.

“We must continue to work together to protect our NHS and save lives.”

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