Shares of Pfizer jab face operating out by finish of January, ex-health secretary warns
Provides of coronavirus vaccine may run out on the finish of January except new ones such because the Oxford jab are accepted, a former well being secretary has warned.
Jeremy Hunt mentioned if the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was accepted quickly it might make a “large distinction”.
He identified present provides of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab will run out on the finish of January.
His feedback come amid experiences the Oxford vaccine could possibly be accepted by the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company (MHRA) earlier than the top of the yr.
Mr Hunt, who can be chairman of the Well being Choose Committee, mentioned that if the Oxford-AstraZenca vaccine obtained the go-ahead it might make sure the rollout of the vaccination programme could possibly be maintained.
He added: “It would make a large distinction as a result of the doses that we’ve of the Pfizer vaccine will maintain us going till the top of January and I believe we’re not getting one other cargo till March.”
However a authorities spokesman mentioned tens of millions extra doses of the vaccine might be out there within the coming weeks.
He added: “All through December, there was an everyday and regular provide of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses arriving into the UK. Tens of millions extra doses might be out there within the coming weeks.”