In that country, health authorities are trying to develop plans to give boosters to more than 25 million people aged 18 and over in two months.
Ministers signaled the plan could mean fewer GP appointments for other reasons, with family doctors saying there was “nothing more important” than the nationwide rollout.
Sajid Javid: the deployment of the Covid booster is a “national mission”
The Health and Welfare Secretary said a new deal for 114 million doses of Moderna and Pfizer in 2022 and 2023 would help protect the public “for years to come.”
The agreement includes 60 million additional doses of Moderna vaccine and 54 million additional doses of Pfizer / BioNTech. Officials said the government already has sufficient supplies of Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech for the current recall program.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were preferred over AstraZeneca because they are mRNA jabs that are believed to adapt better to the variants.
Officials said the new contracts, accelerated in light of the new variant, include “access to modified vaccines” in case it is needed to tackle omicron and future variants of concern.
Sajid Javid said, “Thanks to the Vaccine Task Force, we have an excellent track record in securing the vaccines the country needs to keep this virus at bay.
“These new deals will help sustain Britain’s immunization effort – which has so far provided over 115 million firsts, seconds and recalls across the UK – and will ensure we can protect even more people in the years to come.
“This is a national mission and our best weapon in combating this virus and its variants is to get hits in the guns – so when you’re called forward, get the hit and get boosted. “
On Thursday, the prime minister will convene a summit of scientists and pharmaceutical industry leaders, as part of efforts to tackle emerging variants and create ‘variant-proof’ vaccines within 100 days.
Boris Johnson said he is “bringing together global industry leaders to discuss our renewed efforts against Covid-19, while ensuring that we are better equipped to meet future health challenges.”
However, world health leaders have questioned the UK’s recall campaign.
Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergency program, said the focus should be on ensuring that the world’s population receives a first dose.
He said during a press briefing: “At the moment, there is no evidence to my knowledge that suggests that strengthening the entire population is necessarily going to offer greater protection to people otherwise in. good health against hospitalization or death. “
Plans to accelerate the deployment of the jab
In total, the government has secured rapid access to 453.5 million doses of vaccine through supply agreements with six separate vaccine developers. These include 70 million which are given to other countries and 67 million doses of vaccines which have yet to be regulated.