The plan to break the manufacturer’s guidelines and launch an illegal vaccination programme was heralded as a triumph of British sovereignty.
It now appears to be badly unravelling. The actual field data from Israel is that a single-dose of the Pfizer vaccine does not confer anything like the full 95% that the 2 dose regime does.  Oh dear. This, of course, is why there are such things as stage three trials.
Sir Patrick Vallance is leading the way with the cover-up:
Speaking to Sky News, he said: “We need to look at this very carefully. What we know from clinical studies… is that if you take everything from day zero to day 28, then the overall figure is something like 50 per cent protection. “But of course you don’t expect any protection in the first days because your immune system hasn’t had a chance to build up and some people may have been infected before they had the vaccine. If you take it from day 10 up to day 21 and beyond, it looks much more like the 89 per cent figure the JCVI gave.
It would be interesting to know where the evidence for “and beyond” comes from. The manufacturer, Pfizer, has specifically said: “There are no data to demonstrate that protection after the first dose is sustained after 21 days”.