Britain is severely affected by Corona. The new variant of the virus first appeared in Britain itself. Britain was the first to approve the Pfizer vaccine and started the Vaccination Program, but in the coming years, the pace of vaccination in the UK may slow down. It is estimated that Britain will receive 5 million less doses of Oxford and AstraZeneca’s Covishield Vaccine supplied from India next month.
According to media reports, behind this delay, there is a ban on the vaccine supply by the Serum Institute of India for four weeks. The UK Housing Secretary has said that neither any country nor any factory is responsible for this delay. The UK Department of Health claims that despite the slow pace of vaccination due to the delay in supply, the goal of giving the first dose of vaccine to all adults will be achieved by the end of July.
50 million doses have been supplied
Let us tell you that Britain’s National Health Service wrote a letter on Wednesday warning all health institutions that the supply of corona vaccine is expected to be less than expected in April. A spokesperson for the Serum Institute said that a few weeks ago 50 lakh vaccines have been supplied to the UK. In view of the need and situation of India at present, we will try to send the remaining doses later.
A BBC report quoted the source as saying that 5 million more doses were to be supplied by India in March. However, there was no time fixed for this. In the report quoting Robert Generich, it has been told that this problem has come before the government only a few days ago. He said that the supply of vaccine is expected to increase again after April.
Vaccination will not stop due to decrease in supply
Generich said that despite decreasing the pace of vaccination, the target of giving the first dose of vaccine to people over 50 years of age by April 15 and adults by the end of July can be achieved. A few days ago, NHS sources said that the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine had arrived from India, after which the pace of vaccination is expected to increase.
Member of the Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, Prof. Adam Finn, said that due to reduced supply of vaccine, the pace of vaccination will be reduced a little rather than stop. It is known that more than 25 million people have been given the Corona vaccine in the UK so far, along with 1.7 million people have received the second dose.
Instructions to prioritize India’s ‘needs’
The Serum Institute is the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world. The company’s CEO Adar Poonawala has said that there is a need to be patient about the vaccine supply. He told that the company has been instructed to give priority to India’s ‘needs’. An agreement of 10 million vaccine doses has been reached between the Serum Institute and the UK at the beginning of the month, out of which 5 million doses have been supplied, while the rest has been postponed.