Welsh Conservative Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes MP, recently praised in Parliament the Wockhardt employees in his constituency for their role in enabling the UK Government to roll out vaccine doses swiftly and effectively in the UK, and to support countries across the rest of the world who have been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Foreign Commonwealth and Development Questions in the Chamber of the House of Commons on Tuesday 20th July, Mr Baynes praised the role of the Wockhardt employees in his constituency of Clwyd South whose role he described as “indispensable.” This, he said, allowed the UK Government not only to roll out doses across all four nations of the United Kingdom, but also, to aid those countries who had been particularly affected by the virus and required support in the form of additional vaccine doses.
In response, the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, said:
“My Hon. Friend can be rightly very proud of the role his constituents have played. It is not only Wockhardt employees, but the wider AstraZeneca collaboration with Government and the £90 million of support that the Government put in for research and development and for getting capacity up that have meant that we not only have this world-beating domestic vaccine roll-out, but have supplied 98% of the vaccine to the poorest and most vulnerable countries around the world delivered by COVAX.”
Commenting later, Mr Baynes said:
“The contribution of Wockhardt staff in Clwyd South has been second-to-none. Their role in ensuring vaccine doses are produced swiftly is a big part of the reason why our rollout across the UK has been so successful. I would like to thank the Foreign Secretary for his response, which recognised the tremendous contribution by Wockhardt employees. This has proved vital in helping countries across the rest of the world, like India, who have been particularly hard-hit by Coronavirus.”