21 Million Covid-19 Vaccines Now In UK Enough For over-70s, Health Staff and Care Home Residents.
According to government sources, there are now enough doses in the UK to hit the target of injecting all over-70s, care home residents and health staff by February 15. Not all the vaccine consignments have passed regulatory checks – and many are yet to be put into vials.
However, the fact so many logistical hurdles have been jumped is a major victory in the fight against coronavirus. Boris Johnson tonight, Wednesday, pledged a ‘big, big stream of vaccines’ would arrive over the coming weeks with a total of three million already been given out.
The government aims to offer vaccines to 15 million people – the over-70s, healthcare workers and those required to shield – by mid-February and millions more by spring. By autumn, the rest of the adult population, another 21 million people, will be offered a vaccine. The speedy rollout of the vaccine to vulnerable people is seen as critical to reducing the pandemic’s death toll and relieving pressure on the NHS.
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