Vaccine: Zahawi says UK can rollout 'four million doses a week'
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Mr Zahawi has insisted that the UK vaccination rollout programme has the infrastructure to deliver the ambitious target of four million doses a week. The Minister has said he was confident the supply side of the coronavirus vaccine system could keep up with the higher demand as the UK Government tries to meet the target of offering an inoculation to all adults in the country by the end of July.
Speaking to the former MP Nick de Bois on TalkRADIO, Mr Zahawi said the vaccination programme had been “deliberately built” to be able to deliver doses in much higher numbers.
He said: “We have built it so it can get up to those numbers of three, four million doses a week.
“You will begin to see that infrastructure deliver that those sort of numbers.”
He added: “Supply is good and we have good visibility and I am confident we will hit our target of offering the vaccine to all over-50s by mid-April and all adults by the end of July.”
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The Minister also praised the efforts of the NHS, British Army and Local Government in delivering the necessary rollout “infrastructure.”
He said: “The infrastructure that we have built, and it is the coming together of two great institutions of the NHS family, the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, 80,000 vaccinator volunteers.
“200,000 volunteers, an army of volunteers and of course our armed forces 101 Brigade which are doing brilliant logistical planning for the deployment and supported by local government.
“Local government has played an incredibly important part in this deployment and of course the many private sector organisations in the distribution.”
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Britain is currently on track to smash the Government’s own vaccination target, meanwhile, EU countries have faced crippling vaccine shortages and poor logistics jamming up distribution to increasingly frustrated GPs and citizens.
The UK’s success with its vaccine rollout has been attacked by some in the EU.
“The government there has done a great job getting vaccines.
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“The NHS is doing amazing work with the vaccine roll-out.
“And we should openly say that.”
Doses have proved hard to come by for EU members especially the Oxford Astrazeneca jab, with the British-Swedish company struggling to deliver European clients with 40 of the 100 million vaccines ordered for the end of March.
The bloc is likely to see further supply problems down the road amid concerns that the vaccine supplier is set to miss its targets for April as well.
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