Coronavirus UK: Military carry out dry run for Britain's biggest-ever vaccination programme
Added 12-03-20 03:36:03am EST - “The 50 NHS Trusts are scattered across the country. 13 are in the Midlands. Eight are in the North West, South East and South West. Seven are in the East of England and London.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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The UK military has carried out a dry-run of its biggest ever vaccine distribution operation after the UK become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer jab - but the government's priority list is already mired in confusion after care homes were told they will have to wait.
Fifty hospitals are poised to roll out the coronavirus inoculation when the first of 40million doses are administered from next week, with 13 in the Midlands, eight are in the North West, South East and South West, seven are in the East of England and London, and only one in each of Yorkshire and the North East regions.
The Army held a trial run at one of the first mass vaccination sites where tens of thousands of patients will be immunised after NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens warned the logistics will be 'complicated'.
However, despite the official priority list stating that care home residents will get the jabs first, and No10 batting away doubts, it has emerged that they will have to wait weeks to learn whether that can happen.
Officials have admitted stock can't be broken down into batches smaller than 975 at a time. The vaccine, which must be kept at -70°C (-94°F) until shortly before it is used, meaning storage must meticulously controlled for the entire distribution and storage process.
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