Analysis: was NHS England letter deliberately leaked just before health secretary’s press conference?

Matt Hancock’s press conference in Downing Street on Wednesday evening felt at times as if it were being delivered from an alternative universe.

Thirty minutes before the health secretary appeared in front of the cameras, a bombshell letter from NHS England was leaked to journalists saying there would be a “significant reduction” in vaccine supply and health chiefs had been ordered to stop booking first-dose appointments for anyone under 50 for all of April.

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