Vaccine could keep meat supply chain rolling

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The British Meat Processing Association makes its case for meat processing workers to be front of the queue for COVID-19 vaccine.

The world has been buoyed in recent weeks by the results of late-stage trials of vaccines against COVID-19, which have indicated strong immune response from all age groups. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs have proved that a vaccine might not be far away, and the scramble to immunise the population will see health services across the world mobilised in way they never have before.

With this good news comes difficult decisions, namely deciding who will get the vaccine – and how quickly. Health workers are expected to be immunised first, but many industries are making the case for their workers to be next in the queue, including the meat processing sector.

In a letter to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA), along with the Food Standards Agency and the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association are calling on the UK Government to consider placing the key workers in meat factories on the list of early recipients.



By Joshua Minchin

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