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May 12, 2021

Andy Burnham has called on the Government to provide emergency vaccines in Bolton amid an alarming spike of coronavirus cases in the borough.
The Greater Manchester mayor told a press conference on Tuesday that he has asked the Prime Minister to let them vaccinate over-16s in specific high risk communities.
A ‘request is being considered’ by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), he said.
Mr Burnham explained he has said for some time that areas with the highest case rates should be able to have a surge in vaccine supply.
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However, ministers and government advisers are said to remain reluctant to deviate from their plan to vaccinate down the age brackets evenly across the country.
The latest figures show the number of Covid cases in Bolton has more than doubled in a week as the town is a hotspot for the new Indian ‘variant of concern’.
With 152 cases per 100,000 people, the borough’s rate is almost seven times the national average.
There were 437 positive Covid-19 tests in Bolton the week ending May 7, the latest data shows, which accounts for one in every three positive tests in Greater Manchester.
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