Boris Johnson has pledged coronavirus jabs will be given 24/7 “as soon as we can” – as AstraZeneca said it expects to release two million doses a week of the Oxford vaccine by mid-February.
The prime minister said a huge network of 233 hospitals, 1,000 GP surgeries, 200 pharmacies and 50 mass vaccination centres is already working “exceptionally fast”, but “at the moment the limit is on supply” of the vaccine.
“We will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can,” he told MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, adding Health Secretary Matt Hancock would be setting out further details “in due course”.
His comments came minutes after his vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed the government is considering a 24-hour vaccination programme to meet its promise to have the UK’s four most vulnerable groups vaccinated by the middle of next month.
Mr Zahawi told MPs on the Science and Technology Committee ministers “will absolutely look” at the measure when asked about it, adding that he is confident the government will achieve its target.