Downing Street hasn’t ruled out compulsory vaccination, although officials stressed that “there are no plans” to make a coronavirus sting mandatory if one is approved.
When asked whether coercion was excluded, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We want as many people as possible to take the vaccine.
“It goes through strict security controls before it is released for use.
“But we’re not suggesting making it mandatory.”
When asked whether restrictions such as a ban on public transport could be placed on people who have refused a vaccine, the spokesman said, “We are not proposing to make it mandatory.”
Downing Street confirmed talks had been held with Moderna about access to its vaccine, but stressed that orders had already been placed in the UK for other possible treatments.
US company Moderna, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, reported this morning that its coronavirus vaccine could prevent 94.5% of people from developing the disease.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The news from Moderna is another important step on the way to an effective Covid-19 vaccine.
“Advanced discussions are ongoing to secure cans for the UK.
“We already have early access to 350 million doses of vaccine through agreements for six different vaccines, which gives the UK the most likely chance of getting a safe and effective vaccine at the fastest rate.
“We have prioritized agreements with vaccine developers who can offer different types of vaccines, ensure early supply to the UK and set up advanced supply chains for manufacturing.”