There May Be A COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Shortage In the UK

LONDON (March 18, 2021)—there is a covid vaccine shortage in the United Kingdom (UK) but Pfizer and AstraZeneca  have insisted there is no threat to the COVID -19 vaccine supplies after  NHS leaders claimed the UK faced a month-long shortgage.

The two vaccine manufacturers both said they remained on course to meet delivery commitments, denying any disruption to supplies.

NHS leaders said there will be a “significant reduction” in the vaccine supply from the week beginning March 29th

A letter to regional NHS bosses says that the reduction will continue for a “four-week period”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Downing Street  press conference that the nation was “on course” to meet the target of offering a first dose to all over-50s by April 15.

Local health leaders have been told to focus efforts on the top priority groups in the NHS letter, signed by Dr Nikita Kanani, medical director for primary care for the NHS in England, and Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer.

They may also need to redeploy staff working in vaccination centres to other settings to try and increase uptake among the priority groups, it adds.

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