The Health Secretary has said that the Hollywood movie Contagion partly inspired him in his drive to administer the vaccine across the country.
On Wednesday morning Matt Hancock stressed that the movie was not his “primary source of advice,” but this did help him make decision in prioritising millions of doses of the vaccine.
Speaking to LBC Radio Hancock said, “[The film shows] the moment of highest stress around the vaccine programme is not, in fact, before it’s rolled out when actually the scientists and the manufacturers are working together at pace, it’s afterwards, when there is a huge row about the order of priority.
“I insisted that we ordered enough for everybody to have every adult have their two doses, but also we asked for that clinical advice on the prioritisation very early and set it out in public.”
The Steven Soderbergh movie which stars Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Patrow and Jennifer Ehle shows how scientists struggle to deal with a pandemic.
Hancock added, “I knew that when the vaccine came good, and I always had faith that it would, the demand for it would be huge and we would need to be ready to vaccinate every adult in the country, and I wasn’t going to settle for less.
“I wasn’t going to settle for a contract that allows the Oxford vaccine to be delivered to others around the world before us.”