UK Limited by Supply of COVID-19 Jabs, Says Vaccine Committee Chairman

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom is currently constrained by the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses available despite the roll-out of the country’s mass immunisation campaign, according to Professor Lim Wei Shen, chairman of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on Wednesday.

“Towards the end of December … we had a very bad situation in the UK and we still do. Firstly, because of the increased transmissibility of the new variant and the very high rise in the number of cases. At the same time, we’re in a situation where, although the vaccine campaign or programme is being rolled out, we are still limited by the vaccine supply that we have. And so there is a constraint on how many vaccine doses are available”, Lim told a parliamentary committee meeting.

Earlier on Wednesday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Sky News broadcaster that the country’s vaccine rollout programme was on track and reiterated the government’s commitment to offering a first vaccine dose to everyone in JCVI’s top four priority groups by 15 February.

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