The Covid vaccine programme gained’t be impacted by France closing its borders to the UK, the Transport Secretary has stated (Image: Reuters/ Getty)
Supply of the Covid vaccine won’t be disrupted by France briefly closing its borders to the UK amid fears over a brand new pressure of the virus, the Transport Secretary has stated.
Chatting with Sky Information this morning, Grant Shapps promised the disruption across the Channel ports in Kent ‘gained’t have an effect on the vaccination programme’.
He stated: ‘Most vaccine doesn’t come by way of what is known as “Ro-Ro”, roll-on, roll-off, which is what we’re speaking about right here. In different phrases, it’s not often accompanied by a driver, by a haulier. It comes on these containers.
‘To place this into context, there are about 6,000 autos we’d anticipate, just below in Dover in the present day, in all probability 4,000 would have gone throughout from Dover, just below about 2,000 on the Eurotunnel.
‘However there may be in all probability one thing like 32,000 models that might have been the every day whole, so the overwhelming majority – together with nearly all of the vaccine – truly comes by way of container and there are good provides within the meantime. So this gained’t have an effect on the vaccination programme.’
France joined Eire, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Bulgaria and Denmark in saying a short lived ban on journey from the UK on Sunday, amid issues of a brand new, extra contagious, variant of Covid.
Boris Johnson has stated the virus mutation, which is regarded as liable for greater than half of latest circumstances in London, could possibly be as much as 70% extra contagious than earlier variants.
Throughout a press convention on Saturday, the PM positioned London and components of the South East in a newly shaped tier 4, and cancelled the deliberate easing of restrictions between December 23 and 27.
Canada, Israel, Turkey, Morocco, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and El Salvador have additionally since briefly closed their borders to the UK, whereas the US stays beneath strain to take rapid motion.
The Authorities has pledged to offer refunds for rail and coach tickets purchased for the earlier Christmas journey window between December 23-27.
France has launched a short lived ban on journey from the UK (Image: Getty Photos)
This morning Shapps additionally acknowledged that the federal government would offer refunds for rail and coach tickets purchased between these dates, in the event that they have been booked on or after November 24, when the Christmas bubbles have been introduced.
He stated: ‘This ensures nobody is not noted of pocket for doing the appropriate factor – staying house in Tier 4, and elsewhere staying native and solely assembly your Christmas bubble on Christmas Day.’
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