HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 6 January 2022

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House of Commons Question – 02 December 2021

Dr Matthew Offord (Conservative, Hendon): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking with the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure supply chain resilience for that Department.

Michael Ellis (Conservative, Northampton North): The resilience of our Supply Chains is a key priority for the Government. We have already put in place a raft of measures to deal with the extraordinary set of circumstances brought on by the pandemic and the global economy rebounding.

These include:

  • increasing HGV testing capacity by 90% to help get new drivers into the sector quickly;
  • extending cabotage rights;
  • making available bootcamp places to train up to 5,000 HGV drivers, and
  • making available temporary visas for poultry workers and butchers.

In October, the Prime Minister appointed Sir Dave Lewis to advise HM Government on supply chains and to identify both immediate improvements and any necessary long-term changes. He has spoken with over 100 businesses from across 14 sectors since his appointment. In order that we can continue to monitor supply chain risks and coordinate work across government, we have also established a new Supply Chains Unit within the Cabinet Office.

House of Commons Question – 29 November 2021

Rachael Maskell (Labour, York Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help increase the predictability of the timetable of deliveries of (a) covid-19 and (b) flu vaccines to local vaccination centres.

Maggie Throup (Conservative, Erewash): Information on COVID-19 vaccine deliveries is available to local vaccination sites through internal systems. Local providers are responsible for purchasing flu vaccines directly from manufacturers or wholesalers. The Department works closely with flu vaccine manufacturers to understand the timetable of deliveries to the system. Deliveries are phased and typically take place from September to November.

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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 6 January 2022

From Factory to Pharmacy

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