Ferrari began his interview with her by saying: “It’s wonderful to speak to you. It’s been over 100 days since you took your post, and this is your first what’s called ‘media round’.
“Where have you been?”
Throup replied: “I’ve been very busy, I’ve done lots of different media.”
Ferrari then pointed out: “The great [Nadhim] Zahawi, your predecessor, was a busy chap but he found time to come on regularly.
“Why has it taken so long?”
“I’ve been on LBC before, I was on one Sunday, I’ve done lots of media interviews, so it’s always good to be on.
“And you know, it’s such a great day to be on, with this anniversary of the AstraZeneca [rollout],” the vaccine minister claimed.
Ferrari pushed: “So I can look forward to more frequent conversations perhaps, minister?”
“I’d love that, yes,” Throup replied.
The vaccines minister was heavily scrutinised for her most prominent media appearance since taking up her new role, when she featured on the BBC Question’s Time panel in December.
Throup’s first media round on Tuesday promoted further criticism when she was unable to tell Sky News how many people are currently self-isolating with Covid, or how many hospital trusts have declared critical incidents.
Throup also refused to comment on the “commercial decision” as to why the government is selling off the vaccine manufacturing and innovation centre near Oxford.