Nadhim Zahawi

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    Video caption: Nadhim Zahawi MP: We need to find variant case 'as soon as possible'

    The vaccines minister says authorities are working to locate a person with a concerning variant of coronavirus.

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    Video caption: Two families can meet outdoors from 29 March - Zahawi

    Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi has also confirmed that schools in England will reopen on 8 March.

  3. Nadhim Zahawi on Covid passports and vaccine rollout in autumn 2021

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    Video caption: Andrew Marr spoke to the Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi
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    Video caption: Covid: Minister rules out vaccine passports

    Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi says making Covid vaccine passports compulsory would be ''discriminatory''.

  5. Vaccine study 'will not change current rollout' - Zahawi

    A study to see whether different vaccines can be used for the first and second dose of a coronavirus vaccine "will not impact our deployment programme", the vaccines minister has said.

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    The trial will be conducted in Birmingham and six other places.

    Nadhim Zahawi, also Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon, told BBC Breakfast the government's rollout of vaccines would continue as planned.

    "If you've had a Pfizer Biontech vaccine for your first dose, you'll have a Pfizer Biontech vaccine for your second.

    "If you've had Oxford-AstraZeneca, you'll have Oxford-AstraZeneca for your second dose."

    Eight hundred patients will be part of the study, which will report in the summer.

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    Video caption: The fascinating life of Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi, with Mark Coles.

    With one of the most pressing jobs in Government right now, who is the man responsible for England’s Covid 19 vaccination programme? With Mark Coles.

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    Video caption: Covid: UK vaccines minister 'confident' over Pfizer supply

    The EU has warned it will tighten exports of Covid vaccines produced in the bloc, amid a row with AstraZeneca over a cut in planned supplies.

  8. 'Faith leaders have vaccine role to play'

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    Faith and community leaders have a big role to play in ensuring a high take-up of the coronavirus vaccine, vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has said.

    He added the government was taking steps to tackle online disinformation around the vaccine, as well as making sure vaccine guidance was available in many different languages.

    A recent poll, commissioned by the Royal Society of Public Health, suggested just over half of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people would be happy to have the coronavirus vaccine.

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    The organisation also found certain ethnic and religious communities were being targeted with anti-vaccination messaging online.

    These included querying the vaccine's longer-term effects and whether the ingredients were vegetarian or halal.

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    Video caption: Covid 19: Moderna vaccine 'another weapon in armoury'

    The UK's vaccine deployment minister welcomes the approval of a third vaccine.

  10. Vaccination programme 'won't be compulsory'

    The health minister appointed to oversee the rollout of the Covid vaccine in England has said the vaccination programme will not be compulsory.

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    Nadhim Zahawi MP for Stratford-on-Avon, will oversee distribution of the vaccine until at least next summer.

    He told Radio 4's World at One programme he hoped people would see the vaccine as a way to return to normality.

    "I think it's right that it is voluntary - people have to be allowed to be able to decide for themselves when they want to be vaccinated or otherwise," he said.

    "But I think the very strong message that you will see - this is the way we return the whole country so it's good for your family, it's good for your community, it's good for your country to be vaccinated.

    "Ultimately people will have to make a decision."