According to the Herald today:
The UK Government has contradicted Health Secretary Jeane Freeman’s prediction that vaccine supplies will “dip” in the coming weeks, forcing a slowdown of the vaccination programme. Ms Freeman said yesterday that the rollout would have to be scaled back in the next two weeks because of problems affecting supplies to the UK.
Then we read this:
Backing up Freeman, BBC Wales had this to say:
The number of vaccines supplied to Wales is expected to fall in the next few weeks, affecting some of the country’s vaccination centres. Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board says it is pausing vaccinations at four centres for a fortnight. Local politicians say it is because of a fall in the supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab. Other vaccinations centres are expected to reduce their hours. First Minister Mark Drakeford said the drop in supply had been planned for. The Welsh Government said the reduction in supply would affect the whole of the UK.
And from South Ayrshire Council in the last few hours:
As a result of a temporary reduction in Pfizer’s manufacturing capacity, fewer supplies of the vaccine have been received and consequently, the NHS Ayrshire and Arran Vaccination Programme has been impacted. There will be no vaccinations taking place in Ayrshire from Monday 15 February to Thursday 18 February 2021.
Seems clear so why is the UK Government contradicting? Is it just because, having been less effective in getting the doses out of the warehouses, they still have plenty left?