What does this mean for easing lockdown?
Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading warned the drop in vaccine supplies could have “ripple effects that may last for months”.
Referring to the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, he added: “It will undoubtedly make the meeting of the target dates for lifting restrictions more difficult than they otherwise would have been.
“If full vaccination becomes required for holidays abroad or even more mundane things like going to the cinema, millions of younger people may end up being excluded from participating for the whole summer.”
Despite concerns by some parties, however, Mr Jenrick said “there is no reason to believe” the roadmap to easing lockdown will be delayed by the vaccine situation.