On 18 December, Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, wrote to the PM.
“Dear Prime Minister,
The National Audit Office (NAO) stated on Wednesday 16/12/20 that the NHS England and NHS Improvement planning assumption is that up to 25 million people could be vaccinated with two doses of vaccine throughout 2021 in England. As the devolved nations receive the same population share of vaccine supplies, this report would suggest that less than half the UK population may be vaccinated by the end of 2021 – far short of the high percentage of people who need to receive the vaccine in order to achieve population immunity.’
With cases once again rising across the country combined with the relaxation of restrictions over Christmas, we can already expect another deadly surge in cases early in the new year. The NAO’s worrying findings, however, raise the prospect of further spikes throughout 2021 and contradict the government’s claim that we will be ‘back to normal after Easter”.
Ms Moran continues “The continued cycle of spikes in infection leading to tightening and loosening of restrictions and economic harm is not sustainable. With widespread immunity still a long way off, we believe that adopting the Covid-Secure UK exit strategy is our only way to protect both the health and wealth of the UK as we strive to achieve widespread immunity through vaccination.”
In her letter Ms Moran refers to the findings of the APPG on Coronavirus Report, outlined by Kate Bredin in North East Bylines 10 Dec.
Ms Moran mentions that in July 2020, the PM committed to looking at the report which had been sent on 3rd December. As yet no response has been received from Mr Johnson.
Ms Moran’s letter ends with “In light of the NAO’s report I urge you to confirm that you have considered the 44 recommendations contained in the APPG on Coronavirus Interim Report, including the Covid Secure UK exit strategy, and how the UK Government intends to avoid further spikes in infection during 2021.”