Obvious move now would be for the EU to offer to lend (underlined) a substantial number of Pfizer vaccines (to be repaid by the next UK delivery (due September)) to alleviate any short term shortage.
In the best of all possible worlds, this mutually beneficial mechanism might be part of a wider regional cooperation agreement which would (among other things) provide for mutual recognition of vaccination status.
Cross border vaccine issues are yet another unforeseen consequence of Brexit. You simply cannot get away from the human geography of holidays and work travel.
Lord Frost might put his prodigious negotiating talents to work in this area. Rather than focusing his energy on starting a trade war via the NI Protocol.

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