Britain could be mass-producing its Covid shot. Shame we junked our industrial base | Vaccines and immunisation | The Guardian


Everything now hinges on a vaccine: how many more Britons pass away, whether the NHS lastly breaks, how long the UK remains locked down. In the UK, Chris Whitty and his fellow chief medical officers collectively warn: “Vaccine shortage is a reality that can not be wanted away. And Britain is blessed with first-rate researchers, which is why we have a homegrown shot.But if the UKs future depends on a vaccine, where are its vaccine factories? For practically as long, Whitehall has actually commissioned documents complaining the UKs absence of vaccine and medication manufacturing. Pharmaceutical companies, which frequently draw greatly on subsidy from the British taxpayer, have actually continued to run down their production in the UK and to stick their factories anywhere they get tax breaks: Ireland, Belgium, Singapore.In 2018, the government invested public cash in a Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre.

Whatever now hinges on a vaccine: how many more Britons die, whether the NHS finally breaks, how long the UK stays locked down. And Britain is blessed with first-rate scientists, which is why we have a homegrown shot.But if the UKs future depends on a vaccine, where are its vaccine factories? For almost as long, Whitehall has commissioned papers bemoaning the UKs absence of vaccine and medicine production.


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