Vaccines minister admits Pfizer supplies tight, but UK on track for jab target
accines minister Nadhim Zahawi has admitted that Pfizer BioNTech vaccine supplies will be “tight” over the next few weeks, but said he is still confident of offering every adult a first dose by the end of July.
It comes after Scotland’s Health Secretary warned supply of the vaccine will be “particularly tight” over the next few weeks, restricting the vaccination programme’s rollout.
Humza Yousaf has written to his UK Government counterpart Matt Hancock to ask what can be done to increase the supply of the vaccine.
But Mr Zahawi told LBC: “I am absolutely confident, and I’ll speak to Humza on this, that we will be able to deliver the Pfizer vaccines that Scotland needs to be able to meet its targets for end of July, as the United Kingdom target.”
Asked if it would be “tight” in the next few weeks, he said: “It will be, there is no doubt. Every time I’ve come on your show I’ve said that the determining factor in terms of vaccine-in-arms is supply.
“Pfizer have done remarkable things to increase their production, not …
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