Matt Hancock has revealed the government has now secured access to 355 million vaccine doses, including five million of the Moderna vaccine as announced yesterday.
He told MPs: “Yesterday the House will know that we secured five million doses of the Moderna vaccine.
“So we’ve now secured access to 355 million vaccine doses through agreements with seven separate vaccine developers and we’ve secured this for the whole of the UK.”
– Tory MP calls for tiered system to be by district
Conservative Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) has called on the health secretary to look at a tiered system by districts. He said the economic effects of the lockdown on the hospitality sector particularly is “very severe”.
The infection rate in large constituencies he said “can vary significantly across different districts”, adding: “When he moves… back to a tiered system on 3 December, would he look at allocating these by districts rather than by county to keep the economy as open as possible?”
Mr Hancock replied: “Throughout the process of the tiered system, we’ve always looked at a level of granular detail whether that be district council-level or indeed at ward-level in some cases to make sure that we have the appropriate measures in the appropriate places.
“Whilst it’s too early to say exactly how we’ll proceed from 3 December, that’s a commitment that I can make to (him).”