LONDON (AP)-British Health Minister Matt Hancock (Matt Hancock) made an appearance at a doctor’s clinic in London this week, emphasizing that local general practitioners are beginning to vaccinate against the coronavirus.
There is only one problem: there is no vaccine. Hancock’s press conference did not arrive in time.
This is an embarrassing moment for the UK’s top health officials and a reminder of the challenges faced by the UK in vaccinating approximately 15 million people in mid-February.
General practitioners like Dr. Ammara Hughes are critical to the National Health Service̵
Dr. Hughes told Sky News: “This is more frustrating than worrying.” “If we have regular supplies, we do have the ability to vaccinate 3,000-4,000 patients every week… This will reduce the health service Under pressure, we can make more and more people get vaccinated quickly and hope to get rid of the pandemic.”
To ensure that the vaccine arrives at the right place at the right time, as well as injection syringes, alcohol swabs and the protective equipment needed to manage them, the government has called in the army.
Brigadier General Phil Prosser led the army’s response. He is the commander of the 101st Logistics Brigade, which usually delivers supplies to British troops in theaters.
Prosser said at Thursday’s briefing: “My team is used to building complex supply chains quickly under the most difficult and challenging conditions,” “In this case, the task is to support the NHS to provide the maximum amount of Vaccines to reduce the number of infections and deaths as quickly and safely as possible.”
For the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the stakes are unattainable because it fights the new and more contagious coronavirus that has swept across the UK and forced it into a third national lockdown.
The number of COVID-19 patients in British hospitals is already 50% higher than the first peak of infection, and the death toll reported on Friday reached 1,325, the highest number since the pandemic began.
The surge in infections threatens overwhelmed hospitals, which puts more pressure on doctors and nurses who have been tired almost a year after the pandemic.
The spokesperson of the British Medical Association Council, the hospital anesthetist Dr. Tom Dolphin, said: “We heard that people were being treated in ambulances and parking lots outside the hospital because no one was brought in.” Some hospitals maintain basic standards.”
The government’s goal is to provide the first dose of vaccine to all people over 70 years of age and front-line medical workers, nursing home residents, and anyone whose health makes them particularly vulnerable to the virus by the middle of next month. That is 15 million people.
Since the UK became the first country to start a mass vaccination program on December 8, the NHS has fired at nearly 1.5 million weapons.
It plans to provide vaccination in hundreds of GP offices and community pharmacies. The conference center and gymnasium will also have seven vaccination centers and 223 hospital sites.
Johnson said: “This is a national challenge on an unprecedented scale. It will require unprecedented national efforts.”
But can the NHS provide an average of more than 2 million photos per week in the next six weeks?
Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, said on Tuesday: “I think the vaccine schedule is realistic, but it’s not easy.”
The UK has recorded nearly 80,000 COVID-19-related deaths, which is the deadliest epidemic in Europe and the fifth highest in the world. The pandemic prevented family gatherings, put 819,000 people out of work, and forced businesses to close down due to restrictive measures designed to control the spread.
Although the government has agreed to purchase vaccines from seven different manufacturers, the UK regulators have so far only authorized the use of vaccines produced by Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.
The UK has the right to buy up to 140 million Pfizer and AstraZeneca injections, which is only enough to provide the two doses needed by 67 million residents. Until spring, Moderna’s 17 million doses of medicine will not arrive.
But due to global demand and the challenges of producing, testing and delivering vaccines, supply cannot be guaranteed.
In order to increase the limited supply, the UK has taken controversial steps to postpone the second dose of vaccine for up to three months so that the first dose can be given to as many people as possible.
Siva Anandaciva, chief policy analyst at King’s Fund, said that while the strengthening of the vaccination program will be complicated, the structure of the NHS may help it succeed.
Ananda Chiva said: “Primary health care is the cavalry who helps deliver vaccines.” “Primary health care personnel are the key to the next stage.”
But these forces have been shrouded by the pandemic, and everyone in the NHS is tired. Even so, general practitioners will be asked to do more work.
“They are extending working hours to ensure that as many people as possible can get the vaccine,” Ananda Chiwa said. “So in the next few months, this will be a long process.”
But this is a bright spot in the dark hour. David Halley, 83, was overjoyed. He got the vaccine at the local GP this week.
He said: “I don’t want to get sick, I have family and grandchildren, etc., so this is important.” “I do think…is it fair to me? Then I thought, well, if I don’t do this, then I It will occupy a bed that other people may be using in the intensive care unit, which will waste time and oxygen. So it’s best to do this.”
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