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General Practitioner Head, who is being used by Matt Hancock to encourage the adoption of vaccines, says he HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY


The embarrassment for Health Secretary Matt Hancock as a London GP he visits to promote the launch of the vaccine roll-out at Oxford / AstraZeneca shows he HAS NOT RECEIVED

  • The Minister visited Bloomsbury Surgery in central London this morning
  • The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is supplied to general practitioners across the country
  • However, the operation partner said his first shipment had been postponed until tomorrow

Matt Hancock was embarrassed today when a family doctor's office he visited revealed, at the start of a new coronavirus vaccine launch, that he had not yet received one.

Mr Hancock said the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is now being delivered to general practitioner practices across the country when he attended Bloomsbury Surgery in central London.

But GP Ammara Hughes, a partner at the practice, told Sky News that the first shipment of the vaccine from AstraZeneca had been postponed 24 hours to Thursday.

The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is easier to distribute than the temperature sensitive Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which was first approved.

However, the Minister of Health said the "rate limiting factor" in efforts to get people vaccinated is the supply provided by the manufacturers.

General practitioners in England begin mass rollout of Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as hospitals across the UK face increasing numbers of critically ill patients.

The shocks are being delivered to sites across the country as the government pledges to offer a vaccine to more than 13 million people in the four top priority groups by mid-February.

Dr. Hughes said, “It's just more frustrating than a problem because we have the ability to vaccinate. And with regular care, we could vaccinate three to four thousand patients a week.

Mr Hancock said the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is now being delivered to general practitioner practices across the country when he attended Bloomsbury Surgery in central London

But GP Ammara Hughes, a partner at the practice, told Sky News that the first shipment of the vaccine from AstraZeneca had been postponed 24 hours to Thursday.

But GP Ammara Hughes, a partner at the practice, told Sky News that the first shipment of the vaccine from AstraZeneca had been postponed 24 hours to Thursday.

The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine (picture) is easier to distribute than the temperature-sensitive Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which was first approved

The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine (picture) is easier to distribute than the temperature-sensitive Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which was first approved

“We have been running since mid-December and on our busiest days we can easily vaccinate 500 people.

"If we could get the AstraZeneca we could easily vaccinate 500 a day which would ease the pressure on healthcare and we could get more and more people vaccinated quickly and hopefully get out of the pandemic."

The Minister of Health stood before Dr. Hughes & # 39; practice, saying, “It's good news this morning that the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is now being used nationwide for general practitioners.

“For the first three days with the Oxford vaccine, we did it in hospitals to check that it was working well and that it was working well. Now we can make sure that all GP surgeries are needed where all vaccinations can be done.

'The rate-limiting step is the delivery of vaccines. We're working with the companies – both Pfizer and AstraZeneca – to increase supply. & # 39;

The rapid expansion of the vaccination program is key to the government's efforts to fight the coronavirus and lift England's national lockdown.

It is because NHS trusts in London are on the verge of being overwhelmed, according to leaked health documents, while other trusts are quickly turning normal wards into intensive care units.

There were 30,451 people with coronavirus in UK hospitals on January 4th, much higher than the April 21 high of 21,684.

Rupert Pearse, professor of intensive care medicine and advisor at Royal London, said his own intensive care workers had to deal with far more sick patients than he urged the public to heed the "stay home" message.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program that there would normally be a fully trained ICU nurse for an ICU patient, but the staff is becoming increasingly overloaded.

“At the moment we are diluting to one (intensive) nurse to three (patients) and filling these gaps with untrained staff and in some cases with doctors helping nurses provide their care … and we are even facing another Dilute to one in four, ”he said.

"As intensive care physicians, we're not sure how we can work together to deliver the quality of care we need."

On behalf of the Intensive Care Society, he said the problems were not just in London but in other hospitals across the UK and not limited to intensive care units.

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