Published On: Fri, Jan 22nd, 2021

Video: Hancock dodged Trickett’s question whether Tories really diverting half north’s vaccine stocks to south. They are.

Health department spokesperson unable to say whether government will also prioritise most effective vaccine for south

On Thursday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock squirmed out of answering northern Labour MP Jon Trickett’s question whether the Tories were really planning to divert half of the north’s coronavirus vaccine stocks to the south.

They are – and even the BBC has now reported it, at least on its website:

The BBC’s UK website is reporting the diversion simply as ‘claims’ raising ‘concerns. However, the corporation’s global bbc.com site reported it as simple fact:

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have also now found that for effective communal immunity, the government’s current vaccination plan is inadequate and that vaccination must concentrate of providing the more effective Pfizer vaccine rather than the Oxford variant.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson was unable to confirm whether the proportion of the two vaccines taken for the south will be the same in the stocks that will remain available for the north. The DHSC has been asked to provide a firm answer by Friday morning.

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