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Nadhim Zahawi is Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment. Unlike some other aspects of the UK government’s pandemic response, the vaccine deployment plan has been broadly successful. By mid-January, the UK had vaccinated around 4m people from its top four priority groups, and had hit well over 300,000 jabs per day. But the job is far from done.
How will the under 50s be prioritised? How should the government smooth out regional inconsistencies in the pace of vaccine roll-out? Is enough being done to tackle vaccine hesitancy? Is the global community playing its role in ensuring vaccines make it to the poorest and most vulnerable people across the world? How soon will we get data on whether vaccination diminishes infectiousness? How seriously are the government considering ‘vaccine passports’? And what does all this mean for the timescales on life opening up again?
Born in Baghdad, Nadhim was co-founder of market research and polling company YouGov before joining Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. He has been MP for Stratford on Avon since 2010. Boris Johnson appointed him Minister for Industry in 2019. Responsibility for vaccine deployment was added to his remit in December 2020.
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