Adam Price warns UK Government not to ‘Barnett-ise’ vaccine stock

WALES should be given vaccines according to its needs rather than its population Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price has said.

During yesterday’s FMQs, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS questioned the First Minister on what discussions have been underway with the UK Government, and how the UK wide vaccination programme announced by the Prime Minister would be organised.

The Plaid Cymru Leader urged the First Minister to make the case for Wales’ allocation to reflect a greater than population share, and called for clarity on the logistical planning underway for administering the vaccine as quickly as possible once it’s been made available.

The First Minister confirmed in Senedd plenary today (Tuesday 10 November) that a population share of the vaccine has been agreed.

Professor Van Tam confirmed in yesterday’s press briefing, age is likely to be the main determining factor in who will be first in line to be vaccinated.

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Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS said,

“Our vulnerability as a country has already been highlighted by the First Minister in the context of Covid-19: The population of Wales is older, sicker and poorer on average, when compared to the rest of the UK.

“The First Minister should commit to obtaining a share of the vaccine based on need rather than population, and he needs to provide clarity on who will be prioritised. Wales has some of the highest areas of infection in the UK and if – as I have called for today – the vaccine is prioritised for communities at highest risk of infection, Wales will need a greater share.

“We do not want to find ourselves in the situation where the rest of the UK can return to normal, yet Wales hasn’t had a sufficient amount of the vaccine to protect all of our most vulnerable. In a world with a working coronavirus vaccine, further lockdowns will be hard to justify. Welsh Government must provide reassurance now that they have a handle on the logistics.”

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