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Ferry firm offers to import vaccines for free

The UK has ordered 40 million doses of a jab made by Pfizer, but importing them is a complex operation.

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A ferry company has offered to import coronavirus vaccines into the UK free of charge.

P&O Ferries’ owner DP World said it would transport the vaccines even if it was not being paid, in order to “play our part”.

The UK has ordered 40 million doses of a jab made by Pfizer, but importing them is a complex operation as they need to be stored in temperatures of minus 70C to minus 80C.

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DP World said in a statement: “We stand ready to support the Government in getting all the necessary vaccines into the UK.

“What’s more, we are willing to do this work for free should we be asked to do so, to help play our part in getting the UK through the pandemic as fast as possible.”

P&O Ferries announced in May that around 1,100 workers could lose their jobs as part of a plan to make the business “viable and sustainable”.

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