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Britain to face short-term delays in delivery of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as company upgrades its Belgium factory

BRITAIN is set to face short-term delays in the delivery of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as the company is upgrading its Belguim factory.

Pfizer is upscaling production in Purrs to produce more doses than originally planned for 2021, meaning deliveries to European countreis will be temporarily reduced.

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Shipments of the vaccine are set to be affected this month.

But the overall number of doses due to be delivered between January and March will remain the same.

The UK has secured 40million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.

In response, the Government said that it is still working to its plan of vaccinating all four priority groups by February 15.

The vaccine from Pfizer is not the only one available in the UK.

The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca jab is also currently being rolled out.

It comes as 316,694 people got their first dose yesterday, taking the UK total to 3.2million.

That includes 45 per cent of over-80s and nearly 40 per cent of care home residents.

New mass sites at St Helens rugby league ground in Merseyside,

Bournemouth International Centre and Saxon Court in Milton Keynes are also expected to start vaccinating within days.

Despite the optimism, Boris Johnson urged Brits they still must think twice before leaving the house.

He warned the nation: “This is not the time for the slightest relaxation of our national resolve and our individual efforts. So please stay at home, please protect the NHS and save lives.”

A Pfizer spokeswoman said: "We understand a change to deliveries has the potential to create uncertainty.

"However, we can confirm the overall projected volumes of delivery to the UK remain the same for quarter one (January to March).

"We continue to liaise with the UK Government and the Vaccines Taskforce to work through short-term impact of these changes to our January deliveries and support the goals of the UK Covid-19 vaccination programme."

A Government spokeswoman said: "We are in the process of understanding the implications of Pfizer's announcement today to our plans.

"However we continue to plan to hit our target of vaccinating all four priority groups by February 15."

Over 3.2million vaccinated against Covid but Boris Johnson urges Brits not to relax

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