According to a letter which is circulating around the NHS today, from the 29 March the UK is facing a major reduction in the “weekly supply” of vaccines.
This is due to a cut in vaccines supplies entering the UK, and this will “continue for a four-week period,” the letter says.
The letter reportedly says, “The government’s Vaccines Task Force have now notified us there will be a significant reduction in weekly supply available from manufacturers beginning in week commencing 29 March, meaning volumes for first doses will be significantly constrained.
“They now currently predict this will continue for a four-week period, as a result of reductions in national inbound vaccines supply.”
von der Leyen is preparing to seize control of factories and shipments to the UK under emergency powers, to boost a stockpile of vaccines for the EU.
She has also threatened to block all Pfizer vaccines to Britain, unless the UK made AstraZeneca jabs are sent to the EU.
In response Downing Street has urged the EU to stand by their “commitment” not to block exports of vaccines to the UK.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said, “I would point you back to the conversation the prime minister had with Ursula von der Leyen earlier this year.
“She confirmed then that the focus of their mechanism was on transparency and not intended to restrict exports by companies where they are fulfilling their contractual responsibilities.
“It remains the case we would expect the EU to continue to stand by its commitment.”