Matt Hancock claims Britain’s Covid vaccine roll-out will have a quiet week because of supply issues

Matt Hancock today warned that the Covid vaccine rollout will suffer a dip this week — but there will be a bump in March to compensate for the lag.

The Health Secretary said a delay in the supply schedule will result in less jabs being  dished out. 

But both AstraZeneca and Pfizer — manufacturers of the jabs currently deployed in the UK — insist there is ‘no issue’ with deliveries.

Official figures showed Britain only administered 150,000 vaccines on Sunday, in the worst daily performance since the NHS roll-out began to gather speed last month.  

With a rapid inoculation drive crucial to Britain’s hopes of lockdown being eased in the next few months, critics say there is ‘no excuse’ for the roll-out slowing down. 

Think-tank bosses believe it is unlikely supply is solely behind the downturn because there would be reports of centres across the country running out of stock — which hasn’t been the case.  

James Lawson, a fellow at think-tank the Adam Smith Institute, said the virus ‘doesn’t rest’ and neither should the mammoth NHS operation.

Boris Johnson put a successful vaccine roll-out at the heart of his lockdown-easing plan, which he unveiled yesterday. So long as the operation continues successfully, all restrictions could be dropped in England by June 21. Any hiccups could threaten that target. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that the vaccine rollout is going to suffer a dip this week but there will be a bump in March to compensate

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that the vaccine rollout is going to suffer a dip this week but there will be a bump in March to compensate

Mr Hancock revealed vaccine roll-out figures will continue to stay low for the rest of the week in an interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari.

He said it will be a ‘quieter week’ for the vaccine rollout because of a drop in supply, warning that the success of the drive was ‘all about supply’.

But Department of Health statistics show just 360,000 doses were dished out every day last week, on average. This is down 17 per cent on the rolling average of nearly 435,000 last Sunday. It is the lowest rate since January 22

But Department of Health statistics show just 360,000 doses were dished out every day last week, on average. This is down 17 per cent on the rolling average of nearly 435,000 last Sunday. It is the lowest rate…

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