Matt Hancock has acknowledged a fall in the supply of coronavirus vaccines over recent days but promised “bumper weeks” in March.
The Health Secretary blamed delivery schedules after the number of daily doses administered on Monday fell significantly week-on-week for the fifth day running.
Only 192,341 first doses were administered on the day, 30 per cent down on the week before. The number on Sunday was down 40 per cent week-on-week, Saturday 26 per cent, Friday 32 per cent and Thursday 10 per cent.
The timetable of vaccine delivery to frontline centres has meant rates have tended to drop regularly each Monday before building up steadily throughout the week. However, the figures for the last week show sustained decline that goes beyond daily fluctuations.