UK health minister says NHS to get resources it needs for vaccine roll-out

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks during a media briefing, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain November 16, 2020. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British health minister Matt Hancock on Friday said that the state-run National Health Service (NHS) would be supported with whatever resources it required for a successful COVID-19 vaccine roll-out programme.

“I’ve made clear to the NHS that whatever resources they need to get this right,” he told BBC radio, adding that -70 degree Celsius freezers needed to store Pfizer’s vaccine candidate were already in place.

“I’m absolutely confident that ... the NHS will deliver this roll out.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout and Sarah Young; editing by Michael Holden