Moray MP Douglas Ross has welcomed a commitment from the UK Government that the roll-out of a potential Coronavirus vaccine will be distributed “fairly” to all parts of the country.
The UK Government has ordered 40million doses of the vaccine produced by drug firm Pfizer – 10million of which are expected to be delivered by the end of this year.
At Scottish Questions in the House of Commons, Mr Ross asked the Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack if the Scottish and UK governments were working together to ensure the “seamless” roll-out of the vaccine.
In response, Mr Jack said the doses will be distributed "fairly" and "across all parts of the UK according to population share.”
Scottish Conservative MP for Moray Douglas Ross said:
“Thanks to the work of the UK Government, this country is in line to receive a significant share of the worldwide supply of this particular vaccine.
“I was pleased to hear the Scottish Secretary confirm that the doses will be shared fairly across all parts of the UK.
“This again shows the benefit of adopting a four nations approach to tackling this virus.
"We now need to see the Scottish Government working closely with the UK Government to ensure this vaccine is rolled out to everybody that needs it - starting with our frontline NHS and care staff and the most vulnerable people in our communities.
"People in Moray and across Scotland have stuck to the guidance issued by our governments for several months and now have a reason to be hopeful about the months ahead.
"We all want to return to something approaching normality, and this vaccine offers the chance for that to happen."