Imagine how much more perplexing it is to see a global organisation express its demands upon a country:
It doesn't fit into my head how a larger collective in such arguments even has a leg to stand on. My primitive mind has not progressed much past Aesop / La Fontaine / Krylov, with their moral of an ant vs a grasshopper / dragonfly.
It's even more surprising to me, because I thought, back in college, that I agreed with the utilitatians.
P.S.: what makes this even more ridiculous is that back in spring or early summer the UK drooled over the low infection rates reported by the EU countries, especially Germany. The journalists and the opposition took every opportunity to humiliate the government by telling everyone who would listen that it was incapable of setting up proper public health policies. Even as recently as half a week ago, the main story was how the UK became the first European country to pass the 100,000 deaths mark, and how outrageous this must be. Then, suddenly, it surfaced that the UK was, ostensibly, doing something right and that its vaccination program putting its EU neighbors to shame, and the tables turned. Suddenly it was other governments who had to face uncomfortable questions from their enraged and jealous citizens.