A coronavirus vaccine mass roll-out across the UK could reportedly be delayed by up to two years due to Government failures in securing vital supply chain items.
Downing Street is falling behind in the amount of medical-grade glass vials, as well refrigerated lorries and aircraft, experts claim.
While insiders say pallets and PPE are all falling short, according to a new report.
Philip Ashton, CEO of 7Bridges, involved in the delivery of the Oxford Vaccine Group candidate, said he is “not aware that” No10 has spoken to them or manufacturers AstraZeneca to check procedures are in place if the vaccine is green lit.
“We may not get the mass vaccination on the timeline we think,” he said, adding: “Vaccinating the entire population is a real challenge.”
Another source told The i that other countries are now “hoarding” some supplies.
The OVG vaccine would require a controlled transportation temperature of around 1.6C-7.8C but Mr Ashton warned the UK does not appear to have enough refrigerated trucks.
One-hundred and twenty million doses may well be needed in Britain, as some experts are under the impression each person needs two.
The Government claims it has secured 340 million doses with six developers.
It comes after Professor Mark Woolhouse, a top expert advising the Government, warned that a third wave of Covid-19 is “entirely possible”.
As of Sunday, another 17 people had died in Britain within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 – with 5,693 new cases.
Reports of panic buying continued in the UK on Sunday as supermarkets ramped-up rationing to prevent shelves from being cleared like they were at the start of the pandemic.
Britain could avoid another full-blown lockdown by making everyone over 45-years-old shield, scientists advising the Government have said.
Ministers, meanwhile, are under growing pressure to review the “hard” 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants amid criticism that the new rules are leading to revellers filling streets en masse.