The government is “confident” everyone in the UK will get a second dose of the Covid vaccine within 12 weeks of their first, the culture secretary has said.
Questioned about the concerns over vaccine supply, Oliver Dowden said “we always knew there would be ups and downs” but the timetable was on track.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr it was “essential” to provide second doses and it would not require mixing vaccines.
Mr Dowden added that the Moderna jab was due to arrive in the UK in April.
It is the third vaccine of seven that the UK has put in an order for – and the UK is lined up to receive 17 million doses. Like the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs which are already in use, the Moderna jab is given in two doses several weeks apart.
So far, more than 29 million UK adults have received a first dose of either the Pfizer or the Oxford jabs, and more than three million of them have had a second – but vaccine supply issues have continued to make the rollout bumpy.
Amid tensions with the EU over the supply of jabs, France’s foreign minister also suggested the UK would struggle to source and supply second doses.
But speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Mr Dowden said: “We’re on track both with the rollout of the vaccine and the roadmap.
“You will have seen the ups and downs – we were surging ahead a couple of weeks ago, there’s been a bit of a slow-down now.
“But that doesn’t undermine our confidence that we will be able to deliver for that crucial group, the over-50s, by the middle of April and then for the rest of the adult population by the end of July.”
News Source: BBC News