What time is Matt Hancock speaking today on vaccine delays?

MATT Hancock will address MPs today (March 18, 2021) after it emerged a shipment of vaccines bound for the UK will be delayed.

The Health Secretary will give a statement to Parliament around the growing crisis in the EU and delays in shipments after 20 countries paused the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Matt Hancock will give a statement to Mps in the House of Commons today (March 18) at 12.30pm[/caption]

What time is Matt Hancock’s speech?

Matt Hancock will give a Commons statement today at 12.30pm following the news that millions of under 50s have to wait longer for their jabs.

Ministers have promised they are still on target to get all adults their first dose by July.

But due to a “lumpy” supply in the next four weeks, fewer doses are expected to come in from March 29 for the month-long period.

What is Matt Hancock expected to say?

Matt Hancock is due to address the Commons on the current vaccine crisis in the EU which will effect the next shipment of doses being imported into the country.

But the pace of the vaccination programme is now set to slow until the delayed shipment arrives in late April.

Over 50s won’t be offered the vaccine just yet, as the NHS will use the remaining supply to offer it again to those older people who previously turned it down.

The number of jabs given out in the UK so far

Ministers have reassured Brits that everyone who needs a second shot will get one on time, as planned.

Yet, the second phase of the immunisation blitz is unlikely to start before mid-April.

This week people in their 50s were invited to get the jab and can sign up online or by waiting for a text from their GP.

NHS chiefs warned yesterday of a “significant reduction” in weekly supply from March 29.

Five million doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine were due to arrive later this month to help supercharge the immunisation blitz.

But the shipment from India has been delayed by four weeks – meaning millions of younger Brits will now have to wait a month longer for their jab.

Mr Hancock told last night’s Downing Street press conference: “At the same time as opening up offers of vaccinations to all those who are 50 or above, we’re going to do whatever it takes to reach all those in the most vulnerable groups who haven’t come forward yet.”

How can I watch Matt Hancock’s speech?

You can watch Matt Hancock deliver his address to the house on television.

You can watch the speech via BBC News or BBC Parliament.

Alternatively you can watch the address live via Parliamentlive.tv online or The Sun Online will be giving live reaction here.

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