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‘No problem with supply’ Gavin Williamson forced to defend lower daily vaccination numbers

Vaccine: Williamson says there’s ‘no problem with supply’

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The Education Secretary has stepped in to reassure the public amid concerns over the UK’s coronavirus vaccine supply chain, following a decline in the number of reported daily vaccination figures. The number of people reported having received a dose has been below 200,000 per day for the last four days, down from around 400,000 daily jabs last week. Mr Williamson has insisted there are “no problems” with the Covid vaccine supply chain.

He told LBC: “No problems in the supply chain, we have got one of the most advanced vaccination systems anywhere in the world of any major country,

“Matt and the whole team, and it’s been a big national collective effort, have been doing wonderful work and they are going to continue to deliver that wonderful work.

“There is no problem in terms of the flow of vaccines, we will be hitting incredibly high numbers.

“The Prime Minister has already made it clear that we are going to be reaching all the adult population in record speed.”

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Mr Williasom continued: “I can understand that people will raise concerns but there isn’t concerns that they should have.

“The fact that we have had this brilliant procurement exercise in terms of being able to guarantee supply of vaccine.

“There will always be some days where it dips lower, you point out that this has been four days,

“But I have every confidence that it will be rebounding back for shortly

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Data released by the Department for Health show 192,341 people were given their first jab on Monday.

The figure is down by almost 50 percent from the same time last week.

On Monday, February 15, the UK administered 275,956 first doses.

The downward trend began last week, when nearly 500,000 doses were administered on February, 17, but that figure fell every day to just over 150,000 on February 21.

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The UK has ordered hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine and a Government source has admitted supply has been “lumpy” this week, Times Radio reports.

The apparent slowdown in the vaccine numbers could threaten to derail the UK’s exit from lockdown as announced by the Prime Minister on Monday afternoon.

Boris Johnson outlined his roadmap to remove all restrictions in England by June 21, but stressed this was largely dependent on the vaccine programme.

The Government has also set an ambitious target to offer a vaccine to all over-50s by the middle of April – taking the number of people inoculated to 32 million – and offer the jab to every adult by the end of July.

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