The govt invested very early in a wide range of different vaccine technologies to give a very good chance of early availability.Mrs Dr B hasn’t been involved in the vaccine development but knows a few people who have been. As a country we basically got lucky because we have a very strong research base in this area and a team at Oxford who were already looking at corona viruses.
The government’s financial contribution to vaccine development is most politely described as “limited”. That’s not a problem in itself, but to try and claim any credit for the development process will stick in the craws of many who actually did the hard yards.
That's worked out in practice, and I think the govt deserves credit for it.
A clear strategy, well resourced and executed.