Covid-19 vaccine will need logistics on scale not seen since WWII says Keir Starmer
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A huge logistical operation on a scale not seen since the Second World War will be required to roll out a coronavirus vaccine, Keir Starmer has said.
The Labour leader called on the Government to “harness the talents” of the British people by publishing a comprehensive national action plan.
An unprecedented mass vaccination drive to end the pandemic threat is being planned by NHS chiefs and the military across the country.
But there are concerns that the Government’s poor record on big logistical projects – including PPE and the contact-tracing system – means more work needs to be done.
Labour wants ministers to set out the criteria for who gets the vaccine and when, and to guarantee the same access to the vaccine no matter where you live.
They called on the Government to outline a nationwide public health campaign to combat misinformation from anti-vaxxers who could damage the level of take-up.
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Mr Starmer said an official vaccine action plan should be published as soon as possible so that Parliament would have time to properly scrutinise it.
In a letter to the PM, he wrote: “The challenge facing the country now is not just how we get control of the virus, but how we get ready for the vaccine.
“We are world leaders in vaccines, and I believe we should be aiming for a world class programme for rolling it out.
“However, this will be a mammoth logistical operation, probably larger than we have seen since the Second World War.
“If we are to get it right, then we must have a clear plan in place now.”
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He added: “The Government has been too slow to act throughout this pandemic – too slow into lockdown, too slow on testing, too slow getting equipment to frontline workers and too slow to protect our care homes.
“We have to be honest that failing to act quickly enough has come at a human and economic cost.
“That cannot be allowed to happen with the vaccine.
“The Government must be quick, decisive and effective so we can give the British people the security that they need.”