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Dr Sarah Schiffling, senior lecturer in supply chain management at Liverpool John Moores University, said the UK is “not that dependant on the EU” for vaccine supplies, amid tensions with the bloc.
Speaking on Sky News, she said:
We have a lot of supply of AstraZeneca within the country […] we’re not that dependant on the EU for imports of AstraZeneca.
We have been importing a lot of doses of Pfizer vaccine from the EU, [but] this doesn’t seem to be right, now, in the eye of the European Commission.
Professor Adam Finn, of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said on Friday the upcoming “slight slowdown” in the vaccine rollout is due to increased demand worldwide, and said Britons should be “prepared for the possibility of changes” in the vaccine rollout as global demand increases, placing pressure on limited supplies.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said:
The demand for vaccine is racking up massively faster, so all the different programmes in different countries are really getting going, and so we’re moving into a phase where the rate-limiting step is vaccine supply.
The other part of it is that the process of making vaccines is enormously complicated, it involves literally dozens if not hundreds of steps, and so getting those supplies going and making sure that all of the vaccine is in good quality, good shape, and good purity if you like, is always going to lead to some delays along the way.
Source: The Guardian
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