Race to save Oxford vaccine as Storm Christoph threatens to flood factory

Emergency teams had to be scrambled to protect a warehouse filled with coronavirus vaccines from flood water.

Mark Pritchard, leader of Wrexham Council, said they were alerted to flooding on the Wrexham Industrial Estate which was putting stores of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at risk.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Cllr Pritchard said: ‘We had an incident at Wrexham Industrial Estate, the Oxford vaccination is produced there and the warehouse where it is stored.

‘Obviously I can’t tell you where it is, but we had to work in partnership to make sure we didn’t lose the vaccinations in the floods.’

And speaking to Sky News, he added: ‘This could have had an impact not just in Wrexham [or] Wales, [but] across the whole country with vaccine supplies.

‘They were under pressure and had serious concerns that the warehouse could be flooded so they asked us for help and support and without hesitation we gave them that support.’

Cllr Pritchard reiterated that the factory production line was not at risk.

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