COVID-19: Boris Johnson promises 24/7 shocks “as soon as possible” – as AstraZeneca for 2 million doses per week on target | UK news
Boris Johnson has pledged that coronavirus shocks will be given around the clock “as soon as possible” – AstraZeneca said it is expected to release two million doses of the Oxford vaccine per week by mid-February.
The prime minister A vast network of 233 hospitals, 1,000 general practitioners’ offices, 200 pharmacies and 50 mass vaccination centers are already operating “exceptionally quickly”, but “right now the limit is on the supply” of the vaccine.
“We will be working around the clock as soon as possible,” he told MPs during the Prime Minister’s questions in the lower house, adding Health Secretary Matt Hancock would provide further details “in due course”.
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His comments came minutes after his Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that the government is considering a 24-hour vaccination program to meet its promise to vaccinate the UK’s four most vulnerable groups by the middle of next month.
Mr Zahawi told MPs on the Science and Technology Committee that ministers would “definitely look into” the measure if asked, adding that he was confident the government would achieve its goal.
He Refused to say how many cans the UK is getting from manufacturers on a weekly basis because he did not want to “show off” and said it was also a “national security” issue.
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said he understood that the 24-hour pilot centers were not yet open to the public, but there would be “great shouting”.
The NHS needs to speed up vaccinations to vaccinate 15 million people in just five weeks.
According to AstraZeneca, manufacturing is a biological process that cannot be accelerated, but the company is confident of shipping tens of millions of doses in the first quarter of 2021.
“We’ve released just over 1.1 million doses to date and, like we said, we’re growing very fast. And this is about to happen. If two million doses are released every week, we’re absolutely on the right track Way of doing this. ” “said Tom Keith-Roach, President of AstraZeneca UK.
“We’ll soon have grown to two million a week, and we definitely hope to be there by or before mid-February,” he told the bipartisan parliamentary committee.
It takes 58-60 days to grow the cells, then another 28 days are required to turn the raw product into a full vaccine bottle.
Each batch must pass 60 quality tests, including confirmation that the vaccine contains the correct genetic sequence for the vaccine Coronavirus Spike Protein and a Purity Validation.
The vaccine maker’s chief research officer also gave evidence to the committee, telling MPs that its staff should be given priority access to the sting to avoid it COVID Outbreaks hinder production.
“When you have an outbreak in one of the centers – which we actually had – or in one of the groups at Oxford working on new variants or the people working on the approval files, it all stops,” says Sir Mene, Telling Pangalos.
“This is a concern that I have and so we are making another effort to immunize our key staff working on the vaccine project to prevent these outbreaks.”
He added that recent data show that an eight to 12 week interval for the second dose of the Oxford vaccine is a “sweet spot for effectiveness”.
The second dose of coronavirus vaccines is now being given three months later than originally planned to ensure more people get a first dose to fight the UK’s rise COVID-19 Infection rate.
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Previously, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam defended the move to prioritize the first vaccinations instead of holding the doses to give booster shots after three weeks.
He told LBC Radio, “We all have elderly relatives and if we want to protect as many as possible with meaningful protection as soon as possible then the right strategy for us is to give the first dose and come back for the second time when we’ve given more people the first dose, “he said.
“If you have two grandparents and two vaccines, what do you do – give one two doses and leave the other nothing?”
Meanwhile, journalist and television presenter Baroness Dame Joan Bakewell is threatening the government with legal action over delays in the second dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
The Labor Life Peer said there are reasons to show ministers’ decision to postpone the second dose for up to 12 weeks is unlawful and contrary to the terms of its approval – including the “reasonable expectations” of patients while they are agree to a course of medical treatment provided that they would receive a second dose after 21 days.