Vaccines minister admits Pfizer supplies tight, but UK on track for jab target - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • UK vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi admitted that supplies of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine 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, as reported by This is Money.

  • Scotland’s health secretary has also warned that supply of the vaccine will be "particularly tight" over the next few weeks, restricting its vaccination programme’s rollout.

  • Humza Yousaf has written to his UK Government counterpart Matt Hancock to ask what can be done to increase supply.

  • "In the UK, quarter one deliveries (January-March) were completed in line with our contractual agreement and we remain on course to continue to deliver a steady supply of vaccines to the UK, in accordance with the monthly schedule, agreed in advance with the Vaccines Taskforce," Pfizer said in a statement. "Decisions on dosing regimens and how best to roll out the vaccination programme to priority groups sit with the health authorities in each country."

  • Meanwhile, Yousaf said he was "conscious" that a recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation that the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be used for those under 40 had placed "increased pressure" on supplies.

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