‘Save a lot of time!’ Britain is planning to combine Covid and flu booster jabs in 2022

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Although the large size of the UK’s vaccine stockpile means this will not be required until 2022 health officials hope giving patients a cocktail of vaccines will reduce manufacturing time and make the vaccine roll-outs easier.

Matthew Duchars, CEO of the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre said combining the jabs would be ’preferable’ for vaccine producers and the public.

He said: “It will save a lot of time and it would be a lot more convenient to just give one shot, so it is something that we and vaccine developers and producers will be looking at.

“Let’s say we do need to give a seasonal vaccine, and people need one shot for flu, and one shot for Covid and another for something else.

“If you can put them all into one, then that’s obviously preferable.”

The centre has received £200 million in funding from the government.

The centre will be able to produce 70 million doses of a vaccine in just four or five months.

Dr Duchars said: “Our target is reasonable.

“I feel confident we can do that. Can we do it faster? Possibly. Hopefully.

“We’ll absolutely be working on trying to do that.”

The comments come as the Government announced it would vaccinate all 16-and 17-year-olds in England.

Young people will be offered the vaccine by 23 August to give students time to build immunity before school starts in September.

According to the latest Covid data, the UK reported 26,750 daily cases and 61 deaths on Sunday.


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Sajid Javid the health secretary praised the young people who have already come forward to get vaccinated.

He said: “Thank you for helping to further build our wall of defence against Covid-19 across the country.

“Please don’t delay – get your jabs as soon as you can so we can continue to safely live with this virus and enjoy our freedoms by giving yourself, your family and your community the protection they need.”

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