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Welsh first minister confident of hitting vaccine target

Wales is on track to have offered coronavirus vaccines to 70% of people over the age of 80 and care home residents by the end of this week, the first minister has said.

Mark Drakeford said he had “confidence” the Welsh government would reach its target despite accusations that he and health minister Vaughan Gething had overstated the progress of the vaccination rollout in recent statements.

On Friday, figures from Public Health Wales showed 30.2% of the over-80s and 59.9% of people in care homes have so far received their first dose of vaccine.

This comes despite Mr Drakeford saying on Monday he believed 40% of people 80 and above had received a jab, and then Mr Gething telling the Senedd on Tuesday that the “the majority” had received it.

But Mr Drakeford told the government’s press briefing that ministers had access to more up-to-date figures than the ones available to the public, which were subject to time delays, despite Mr Gething later apologising for making an “an innocent mistake”.

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