London, Nov 28 (EFE) .- The British Government announced this Saturday the appointment of Deputy Nadhim Zahawi as Secretary of State responsible for supervising the distribution of vaccines against covid-19 in the country.
The Conservative MP for the Stratford-on-Avon constituency, who is currently serving as Secretary of State for Business, will assume the new role until at least next summer.
As Downing Street revealed today in a statement, Zahawi will thus temporarily relinquish responsibility in most areas that he deals with in the Government’s Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis).
From now on, he will act as joint secretary of state between Beis and the Ministry of Health and Social Care.
His appointment responds to calls made to the Tory Executive by the opposition Labor Party to appoint a person responsible for supervising the distribution of the vaccine in order to avoid repeating the errors detected at the beginning of the pandemic in the distribution. of personal protective equipment and in the coronavirus test system.
The United Kingdom has already placed orders for 100 million doses of the vaccine that the British University of Oxford has developed together with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical AstraZeneca, although that antidote is still pending approval, foreseeably in the coming weeks. regulator.
At the same time, another 40 million doses of the vaccine created by Pfizer / BioNTech have also been ordered, which has shown an effectiveness of up to 95%; and 5 million doses have also been ordered from the American firm Moderna, which has also shown 95% effectiveness in clinical trials.
(c) EFE Agency