Britain speeds up vaccinations

The UK is vaccinating up to 140 people per minute against Covid-19 on average, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday cited by Reuters. Latest figures show the UK has vaccinated so far 3,857,266 people with a first dose and 449,736 with a second dose.

“It is going well, we’re vaccinating on average 140 people, that’s first jab, literally a minute. That’s the average so some areas are doing better,” Zahawi told Sky. “You’ll see that improve as we open more of the large vaccination centres, 17 in total by this week and 50 by the end of the month.”

He pointed out said the 24-hour vaccine offering would begin to be piloted in London by the end of the month. “Today, in some areas where they’ve done the majority of their over 80s, letters are going out to the over 70s and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable,” he said.

Key workers such as teachers, the police and shopworkers could move to the top of the list for a vaccine once all those over 50 have been offered a shot, Zahawi said. “Teachers, police officers, shop workers, those who through no fault of their own other than the work that they do may come into contact with the virus in much greater volume, should be top of the list,” he pointed out.

The UK, which has the world’s fifth worst official Covid-19 death toll, is racing to be among the first major countries to vaccinate its population - seen as the best way to exit the pandemic and get the economy going again.

More on this subject: Coronavirus

Similar articles

  • UK starts replacing EU regulations

    UK starts replacing EU regulations

    Britain is to begin replacing or scrapping EU regulations that were copied into British law before EU divorcet, Brexit minister David Frost said. To avoid uncertainty and confusion as Britain left the EU after 40 years, the government automatically carried thousands of EU laws and regulations into British law so that they would still apply after Brexit.

    51
  • UK’s PM Johnson replaces foreign secretary in Cabinet shake-up

    UK’s PM Johnson replaces foreign secretary in Cabinet shake-up

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his top diplomat and fired his education minister in a major government shakeup Wednesday, as he tried to move on from a series of political missteps and revive his promise to “level up” prosperity across the UK, AP reported. In the biggest move, Johnson demoted Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has faced criticism for delaying his return from a holiday in Greece as the Taliban took over Afghanistan last month.

    64
  • UK recommends Covid-19 booster shots for over 50s

    UK recommends Covid-19 booster shots for over 50s

    The UK will offer a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine to everyone over age 50 and other vulnerable people after an expert panel said the boosters were needed to protect against waning immunity this winter, AP reported. Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers on Tuesday that the government had accepted the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization and would start offering booster shots next week. The World Health Organization has asked wealthy nations to delay booster shots until every country has vaccinated at least 40% of their populations.

    64