A vaccine trade war is brewing.

But the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, has insisted that the UK’s vaccine supplies won’t be disrupted by the EU/AstraZeneca row.

“We have absolute assurance that the supplies that we have in the pipeline continue to be delivered in a way which makes sure that the programme stays precisely on track,” he said.

Production problems have meant that AZ is limiting vaccine supply to the bloc. The EU has urged AZ to make up the shortfall by diverting doses from UK plants.