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Ministers accused of letting down 500,000 people with compromised immune systems for delaying Covid drug

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Ministers accused of failing 500,000 people with compromised immune systems for delaying green light for ‘overcost’ Covid drug

  • The former health secretary has accused ministers of letting up to 500,000 people down
  • Lord Andrew Lansley said more than 20 countries use the drug
  • The drug, Evusheld, could protect those who don’t benefit from Covid shots

Ancient Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has accused ministers of failing up to 500,000 people who don’t get Covid vaccinations by delaying the opportunity to greenlight a drug that could protect them .

Lord Lansley, who served under David Cameron, feared cost was the reason ministers had not approved Evusheld for people with weakened immune systems.

On Friday, the government confirmed that it would not yet buy Evusheld, made by AstraZeneca, due to questions about its protection against Omicron variants.

Lord Andrew Lansley, former health secretary, has accused ministers of letting up to 500,000 people with weakened immune systems down by delaying the green light for a drug that could protect them

The National Institute of Health and Healthcare Excellence (Nice) will examine the drug by next April.

The Tory peer told Today on BBC Radio 4 yesterday that more than 20 countries were using Evusheld, with evidence of its effectiveness against Omicron construction. He said: “It’s very difficult to see what the return to Nice means, other than the fact that there is a cost issue.”