UK Covid-19: India is behind AstraZeneca vaccine delay, Matt Hancock confirms
A slowdown in Britain’s Covid vaccination programme will start within weeks because a shipment of five million doses of the AstraZeneca jab, due to arrive from India, has reportedly been delayed.
This is so the manufacturer can supply the country’s own citizens at the instruction of its government, as well as shipping to poor countries around the world. The CEO of the Serum Institute, which is making the jab and is the world’s largest producer, hit back against the claims and said the delivery plan was never set in stone.
Adar Poonawalla told The Telegraph: ‘The balance doses will be decided to be given to the UK at an appropriate time by the Indian Government.’ UK ministers insist the disruption won’t derail plans to end lockdown. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said this morning: ‘This isn’t anything that people should be worried about. We are still on course to meet our targets.’
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