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This is Nye Bevan’s finest hour

The NHS has administered vaccines extremely efficiently to our vulnerable population. We have Nye Bevan to thank for it

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: Andrew Lloyd / Alamy Stock Photo

On the principle that “an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man”—or woman —this may be Nye Bevan’s finest hour. For it is his National Health Service, with its comprehensive population coverage by general practitioners and its passion for selfless care, that has enabled the millions of Covid-19 jabs to be administered so quickly and efficiently.

War stories are legion. Mine is of a GP friend who sits up late into every night, including weekends, planning the next day’s tour of elderly patients, because the AstraZeneca vaccine comes in vials of 11 doses which have to be administered within a…

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