Ferry firm offers to import Covid vaccines to the UK for free

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

P&O Ferries owner DP World said it would ship the vaccines, even if they were not paid, to “play our part”.

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

DP World said in a statement: “We are ready to support the government in obtaining all necessary vaccines in the UK.

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

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