Over 2 million people already vaccinated in UK says health secretary


 


The United Kingdom has so far managed to administer two million COVID-19 vaccines. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said over the last week, they have vaccinated more people than in the entirety of December, and will therefore be accelerating the roll-out from Monday, 11 January 2021.

The British government is aiming at vaccinating around 14 million people by the middle of February, comprising of people over 70-years-old, the clinically vulnerable or with pre-existing conditions, and health and social-care workers.

The UK has recorded more than three million COVID-19 cases while 81 567 people have died.

On the local front, 1.5 million doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine are expected to arrive on South African shores by the end of the month.

“We’re making significant progress but there’s still further expansion to go. This week, we’re opening mass vaccination centres. So alongside the GP centres, which got the Astra Zeneca vaccine for the first time last week, this week we are opening mass vaccination centres…There’ll be more to come next week,”

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Hancock said they were currently vaccinating over 200 000 people every day and that a third of Britons who are aged 80 and above, have also received the treatment.

Britain is currently under a third national lockdown, imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as a UK strain of COVID-19 surges across the country, where more than 80,000 people have died within 28 days of receiving a positive COVID-19 test.

Hancock has reiterated government’s call for people to stay at home and apply the necessary measures.

“Every flexibility can be fatal… this virus is so contagious it passes on and as we’ve seen it’s deadly. You might look at the rules and think, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter too much if I just do this or do that,” he said.

“But these rules are not there as boundaries to be pushed, they are the limit to what people should be doing.”


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