By Sarah Keane •
Published: 18 Mar 2021 • 10:41
Indian Manufacturer Denies Delaying UK Covid Vaccines Image: Photopin
INDIAN manufacturer denies delaying the delivery of millions of Covid vaccines to the UK
Serum Institute of India, a manufacturer of the Covid AstraZeneca vaccine has insisted that their country is committed to vaccinating all Indian citizens before exporting any jabs abroad, and that the claim made by the UK government that some 5 million of the doses have been delayed by a month is simply untrue.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock informed the NHS that the vaccine rollout to under-50s would have to be delayed by four weeks due to the shortfall in supply from the Indian company, which is the world’s largest supplier of Covid vaccines. According to the BBC, Mr Hancock said that the delay won’t impact the ending of lockdown or the UK’s plan to offer at least one dose of the jab to all adults in the country by July.
Speaking with Sky News on Thursday, March 18, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick added: ‘This isn’t anything that people should be worried about. We are still on course to meet our targets… Nobody who has an appointment should be concerned, you are still going to get your second vaccine, all those appointments will be honoured.’
For its part, AstraZeneca insisted on Wednesday night that there was no delay or disruption in the supply of its vaccine to the UK and that the rollout plan was still on target.
A spokesperson for AstraZeneca said: ‘Our UK domestic supply chain is not experiencing any disruption and there is no impact on our delivery schedule.’
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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