People over 70 will receive booster shots of a Covid vaccine from September to protect them from new variants of Covid-19, the Vaccines Minister said.
Nadhim Zahawi, Minister of Covid Vaccine Deployment, said The telegraph that the vaccine rollout will see some people receive three doses in the first 10 months of vaccine administration to the UK public.
People in the four priority groups of the vaccine rollout so far will also receive the first booster vaccines, including people over the age of 70, frontline NHS staff, social workers and people with clinics. extremely vulnerable.
Mr. Zahawi said to the newspaper the “most likely date” for the booster injections would be September, adding that England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam believes that if the country “will see a requirement for a booster injection to protect the most vulnerable “, he would then be there.
Ministers expect up to eight Covid vaccines to be available by fall, he said, including a vaccine that can protect people against three different variants in one shot.
A number of vaccines are said to be manufactured in the UK, which could ease pressure on vaccine supplies amid tensions with the European Union as it faces shortages of AstraZeneca.
EU leaders have supported tighter controls on vaccine shipments as the bloc grapples with its vaccination schedule, but have not imposed an export ban.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved measures that will increase manufacturing capacity and vaccine supply, approving a Halix site in Leiden, the Netherlands, for the production of the active vaccine substance AstraZeneca.
The approval brings the number of authorized sites to four. The agency also supported a new manufacturing site in the German city of Maburg, as well as more flexible storage conditions for the Pfizer jab.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said AstraZeneca must “catch up” on deliveries to the EU before exporting doses elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden discussed their vaccination schedules on a call Friday afternoon.
A Downing Street spokesperson said Mr Johnson “has stressed that global access to vaccines will be the key to beating the pandemic”.
Tensions over vaccine supply between the UK and the EU remain high, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accusing the UK of “blackmail” over its management of exports.
He said Info France radio: “The UK is very proud to vaccinate well with the first dose, except they have a problem with the second dose. “
But his claim was denied by the British government. A spokesperson said the UK was “on track to meet our vaccination targets and everyone will get their second dose within 12 weeks of the first”.