Matt Hancock will later make a ministerial statement in the House of Commons.
The UK Secretary of Health will provide MPs with an update from the Department of Health and Social Affairs. It is the day Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings described the division for which Mr. Hancock has ministerial responsibility as a “smoking ruin on procurement and PPE” during the first wave of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Cummings said the coronavirus vaccination program was only a success because it was removed from the Department of Health and Welfare.
“It is no accident that we had to remove it from the Ministry of Health. We had to get it approved very directly by the Prime Minister, ”he said.
Yesterday, in a letter to local vaccination agencies, the NHS England warned that a significant shortage of covid vaccines could be expected before the end of the month.
The letter stated that a “substantial reduction” in supply linked to “a reduction in national supply of incoming vaccines” was expected as of March 29.
The disruption could last for four weeks and the amounts for the first few doses will be “severely restricted,” the NHS said.
No further details were given as to the cause of the shortage, but the warnings came after Foreign Minister Dominic Raab accused the EU of “brinkmanship” and warned it to export coronavirus vaccines following a threat from EU leader Ursula von der Leyen not to block.
The European Commission President issued the threat on Wednesday as she remains entangled in a series over the delivery of the Oxford / AstraZeneca sting and is under pressure due to delays in its rollout.