Kier Starmer calls for 'national action plan' to roll out coronavirus vaccine

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on the Prime Minister to publish a “comprehensive national action plan” for the introduction of a coronavirus vaccine.

Sir Keir said British talents should be used to develop a new national Covid-19 vaccination program.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Sir Keir stated, “The challenge for the country now is not just how to get control of the virus, but how to prepare for the vaccine.

“We are the world leader in vaccines and I believe we should have a world class program for adoption.

“However, this is going to be a huge logistical operation, probably larger than the one we’ve seen since World War II.

“If we’re going to do it right, we need to have a clear plan now.

“It should be a plan that harnesses all the talents of the British people: our companies, nurses, doctors, scientists and civil servants.”

Sir Keir said Labor called for a plan setting out the criteria and goals that will be used to determine who is eligible for the vaccine and when.

Labor also wants a system that guarantees “fair access to the vaccine regardless of where you live”.

Sir Keir said under such an initiative the government should “consider supporting councils and local NHS services to convert community assets like town halls or sports centers into local vaccination clinics”.

The comments came ahead of a visit from Sir Keir and Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds to Oxford vaccine laboratories on Monday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said UK residents are likely to be among the first in the world to receive a coronavirus sting.

Drug giants Pfizer and German biotech company BioNTech have announced that interim results show their vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from receiving Covid-19.

The UK has received 40 million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.


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