Government insists key vaccine targets will still be met after ‘significant’ disruption to supply


Robert Jenrick has insisted “fundamental” government targets on rolling out vaccines to the population will still be met, after NHS bosses revealed a “significant” reduction in supply over the coming month.

The cabinet minister said there was “every reason to believe” supply will increase again in May, June and July but refused to be drawn on the source of disruption to Britain’s vaccine programme, including suggestions of a four-week delay to an Indian shipment.

Vaccinations for people in their 50s will still go ahead, as well as administering second doses to those who have already had a jab, while people aged under 49 must wait before being allowed to book appointments.

Mr Jenrick said ministers had learnt of problems “in the last few days”, but refused to be drawn on suggestions the issue was down to a four-week delay from the Serum Institute in India, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s not that there’s any one factory that is responsible for this or any one country.


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