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UK’s Covid-19 vaccine programme is the ‘envy of the world’ Alister Jack to claim

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The UK’s coronavirus vaccine programme is a “truly astonishing achievement”, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack will insist, with work to protect the public from the virus taking place “on a scale that dwarfs anything since the war”.

The UK Government minister will use his speech to the Scottish Conservative conference to hail the UK’s vaccination programme as being the “envy of the world”.

He will tell the conference that Scotland is playing its part, as “millions of doses of Valneva’s vaccine are rolling off the production line at a high-tech plant in Livingston, ready for approval”.

As the country continues to vaccinate adults against Covid-19, Mr Jack will tell the conference that this work is “moving at such a pace that we hope every adult in the country will have received at least an initial dose of vaccine by late July”.

And he will insisted it is “fitting” that “our magnificent armed forces” at the fore of these efforts, “working alongside the dedicated staff of the NHS who made huge efforts of their own amid the pandemic”.

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Mr Jack will praise the role the military have played in the vaccination programme, saying: “Our military personnel played a pivotal role in the planning and logistics to get vaccines where they were needed and they were literally at the sharp end, too – administering the life-saving vaccines.

“Along with thousands of key workers and volunteers, they truly are the best of British.”

With the UK Government having been focused on “saving lives and livelihoods”, Mr Jack will argue that the “time is now right to place increased emphasis on recovery from the pandemic”.

To help with this he will tell Tory supporters: “The latest Budget supports Scotland to the tune of an additional £1.2 billion – that’s £1.2 billion of certainty, a £1.2 billion demonstration of the fiscal firepower of the UK Treasury and this Government’s copper-bottomed defence of the Union.”

However he will claim that Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has described the cash coming from the UK Treasury to Holyrood as “dribs and drabs of finance”.

He will hit out at this, saying: “Miss Forbes is multi-lingual, but only in SNP-speak does one billion translate as anything other than serious money.”

It is chilling with the monumental task of recuperating from a pandemic still ahead, supposedly serious politicians can spend even a moment contemplating the reckless folly of another referendum.

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