The GSK facility is in the same town notably visited by the prime minister’s former chief aide Dominic Cummings last year. Up to 60 million doses of COVID vaccine will be manufactured at Barnard Castle in the North East, Boris Johnson has announced.
The prime minister revealed that the Novavax jab – which has yet to be approved – will undergo its “fill and finish” stage at a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) facility. Part of the vaccine is already being produced in the North East, at a Fujifilm site in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, as it awaits approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The GSK facility – which will undertake the final step of the Novavax vaccine’s manufacture from as early as May – is in the same County Durham town that was notably visited by the prime minister’s former chief aide Dominic Cummings last year.Advertisement
The visit to Barnard Castle saw Mr Cummings, who has since departed Number 10, accused of breaching lockdown rules – but he claimed he had made the journey as a means of testing his eyesight.