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Zahawi declined to give a date for when the first nine groups in the priority list will have received their vaccine, but said people could “do the maths”.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Zahawi said:
We will set out our target (for vaccinating groups 5-9) after we have hit our February 15 target. But you can do the maths. We did 600,000 in a single day – the deployment infrastructure that we’ve built can do as much vaccines as we get supply, so the limiting factor will be vaccine supply.
You can see that in the next 10 or so days, we’ve got to do another almost touching five million and so if we keep that rate up we will very quickly go down the list of the top nine.
That assumes the supply, so I don’t want to commit to a date without going through it with a very fine toothcomb with the whole team, because our limiting factor is the supply of vaccines ultimately.
With any manufacturing process, especially one that is new, there are challenges around that, as we’ve seen in Europe and as we saw in the early days in the UK as well.
Vaccine tsar Nadhim Zahawi said on Thursday that infection transmission studies among vaccinated care home residents and frontline healthcare workers would provide more information on a “roadmap” for reopening the economy.
The minister told BBC Breakfast:
The phase one, the top nine [groups], is 99% of mortality so I think we should be by then having really good robust data. We’ve got two sets of data we’re waiting for.
One is in care homes, where Public Health England are testing residents in care homes because they are in category one, and one with health frontline workers, who are category two of that top nine.
Source: The Guardian
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