İrem UZUN -TDO- The National Health System of the UK has written to local health organizations warning of a "significant reduction in weekly supply" of coronavirus vaccines from the week beginning 29 March for a month. Saying there has been a "reduction in national inbound vaccines supply", It emphasizes organizations should "ensure no further appointments are uploaded to the national booking system or local booking system" in April.
The warning comes after Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said last week there would be a “rapid increase” in the number of people who will receive their first COVID-19 jab before the end of March. He added there was to be a “big uplift” in supply in the coming weeks which will see a surge in people receiving their first dose and many of the highest risk getting their second jab.
The European Commission warned that it will to block vaccine exports to the UK and other countries with high vaccination rates if shortages in the bloc’s vaccine supply are not filled. European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen announced the bloc was facing “the crisis of this century”, as she cautioned that the EU “will have to reflect on how to make exports to vaccine-producing countries, depending on their level of openness”. “We will reflect on whether exports to countries who have higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate,” Von der Leyen added.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the nation was “ahead of schedule” to offer a first dose to all over-50s by April 15. Ministers have pledged that all adults will be offered a vaccine by the end of July. Officials said that 95% of people aged 65 and over have had their first dose.