I don’t, I’m sure, need to remind you of the current SNP media pile-on using supposed failures to roll-out vaccinations as quickly as the supplies become available.
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve read of thousands of doses unused after being allocated. Sometimes, from alternative media sources, we discover that ‘allocated’ supplies might still be in a warehouse in England or still on the road somewhere.
Going by the headlines, you’d think all was going smoothly elsewhere in the UK, so this New Statesman report, four days ago, is intriguing:
Data released inadvertently suggests millions of vials of vaccine may be lying unused across the country. The second and far bigger question is whether its progress is constrained by supply, as the government says, or if the country’s administrative capability is falling short. Are there millions of vials of vaccine lying unused across the UK? According to data released inadvertently in mid-January by the Scottish government, that is quite likely to be the case. This data, which has since been partially confirmed in a briefing given to Yorkshire MPs, revealed the number of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses expected to be delivered across Scotland from January to May. Extrapolating from the Scottish data, the UK will have received 17.9 million doses by the end of this week. And yet the UK has only administered 7.9 million first doses. The country may be administering vaccines at less than half the pace it receives supply.