Is the story on Vaccine roll-out being spun?

From Today’s Western Morning News with similar report in last night’s BBC Spotlight:

More people have been vaccinated against coronavirus in the South West than in London, as new figures reveal a patchy start to the vaccine roll-out.

A total of 285,332 in the South West were vaccinated up to January 10 across all six counties in the region. By comparison in London, the worst-hit region for the disease, 237,524 jabs have been administered.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “hugely concerned” that Londoners have received only a tenth of the vaccines that have been given across the country.

The news came as three regions of England, the South West, North West and West Midlands, all recorded a rise in Covid-19 cases rates over the past week, against a national trend of a slight fall.

London, the East Midlands, eastern England, north-east England, south-east England and Yorkshire & the Humber all saw a fall in case rates.

BBC Spotlight used the interesting phrase “wider South West” because, as Owl keeps pointing out, the formal regional definition of the “South West” includes, to the east: Bristol, Gloucester and Wiltshire.

It is the largest of the nine regions in England. What happens in Bristol is not necessarily representative of what happens here.

From Sidmouth Nub News sidmouth.nub.news:

An update on the Covid-19 vaccinations being given to Sidmouth residents, including the imminent availability of the ‘Oxford’ jab, was among the issues covered at the virtual meeting of the town’s Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 13. Here’s a report of the meeting, by the Chamber’s president Richard Eley.

A well-attended Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, conducted by Zoom, included an enlightening Q & A session with Dr Mike Slot, of the Sidmouth Practice. Dr Slot was able to answer a large number of questions from attendees, and to describe how the roll-out of the vaccine was being undertaken in our area.

At the present time, vaccine is being supplied to Exmouth and is only of the Pfizer variety, which requires storage at very low temperatures. It is expected that the AstraZenaca ’Oxford’ jab, which is more easily distributed, will be available shortly.

Dr Slot explained that the required infrastructure was in place locally to deliver the vaccine, and that the only constraint was one of supply. Sidmouth is lucky to have a delivery team in place, including several retired local doctors who had made themselves available.  

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