Coronavirus UK Updates: Brexit will not affect vaccine supplies

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Coronavirus Updates: 140,000 vaccinated in UK so far, as Christmas bubble talks resume
Coronavirus Updates: 140,000 vaccinated in UK so far, as Christmas bubble talks resume

Business Secretary Alok Sharma insisted the Government was confident that supplies of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine would not be disrupted if there was a no-deal Brexit.

He told the BBC that was partly due to security concerns around the supply of the vaccine, which is made in Belgium.

“We have put in place arrangements to make sure that the distribution of vaccines is not in any way disrupted,” he said, but added: “I’m not going to go into the detail of that.”

Mr Sharma said supplies could be flown in and added: “I’m confident that as things stand these vaccines will continue to flow into the UK.”

There has been speculation that the RAF could be used to airlift supplies if there is chaos at ports following the end of the Brexit transition period.

– Consider Christmas actions carefully, Welsh Health Minister says

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said members of the public should carefully consider their actions over the festive period as the impact of increased coronavirus cases and deaths would not hit “just one Christmas.”

Speaking on the Today programme, he said that people often became “obsessed” with specific rules on coronavirus.

“We’re not looking as our preference to disturb the Christmas arrangements,” he said.

“(Consider) should you go and see lots of different people? Should you see the maximum number permitted or should you think about how you can restrict your contacts?

“Because this isn’t just one Christmas.

“These are many future life events we are planning for because the greater mixing, the greater the number of infections, the greater number of people who will need hospital care and the greater number of people who will not leave that care.”

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