Thursday, 1 April 2021
Vaccination Programme and Covid-19: Statements
With respect, I did answer the question. The answer is that slightly less than 1 million vaccines are expected in the country. The contribution the Deputy has just made, like the contribution one of his colleagues made on television last night, is exactly why giving forecast figures that we know are going to change causes anxiety. Last night on television, the Deputy's party colleague was outraged and gave all sorts of negative commentary about the national vaccine programme. This was because - as we could have guessed - the figure had changed. We are saying repeatedly that the figures we are being given by the pharmaceutical companies are changing. This happens sometimes daily and sometimes weekly. The debate the Deputy and I are having right now is exactly the issue. When we give accurate figures that we know will change and they then change, people jump up and down and say it is an outrage and undermines the programme.