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Health ministers give vaccine supply reassurance

Contracts in place to secure post-Brexit supply

December 11th 2020

Tagged: political news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Health minister has provided reassurance in the House of Lords regarding post-Brexit vaccine supplies.

In response to a written question from Lib Dem life peer Baroness Randerson, Lord Bethell said there were “detailed plans to help ensure continued supply of medicines and medical products, including vaccines, to the whole of the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021”.

Among the measures in place is a £77 million freight contract, to help ensure the smooth flow of Category 1 goods, such as vaccines.

Baroness Randerson asked: “What discussions [have taken place] with pharmaceutical company representatives about the risk of shortages of drugs and vaccines arising from the delay in establishing the new import procedures which will apply from 1 January 2021.

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