Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that 70% of personal protective equipment (PPE) is to be made in the UK, his government’s own figures suggest the total is likely to be closer to a third.

The prime minister sought to reassure over the UK’s preparedness for a second wave when he addressed the nation on Wednesday. He said that by December “we expect 70% of the demand for PPE to be met by UK manufacturers, compared to just 1% before the pandemic”.

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