LONDON (Reuters)-The British Minister of Health stated that the UK will immunize the most vulnerable people against COVID-19 by mid-February and provide every adult with the vaccine. About 2 million people have already received the One dose of vaccine. on Sunday.
Matt Hancock told BBC Television: “In the past week, we have provided more vaccinations for people throughout December, so we are speeding up the promotion.”
The UK is fighting a surge in infections, but hopes to be immunized quickly so that life can return to a certain degree of normality before spring.
Hancock said about 2 million people have been vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
He said: “We have now vaccinated about a third of the young people in their 80s, so (we are making) very, very good progress.”
In order for the government to achieve its goal of vaccinating 14 million people in their 70s by mid-February, including the clinically vulnerable people over 70, the elderly or people with pre-existing diseases, and health and social care workers, the government needs Provide 2 million photos per week.
Hancock said the current daily cost is about 200,000.
Seven vaccination centers will open this week and will supplement the operating rooms and hospitals of nearly 1,000 doctors who provide vaccinations. Hancock said that every adult will get the vaccine before fall.
Buckingham Palace said on Saturday that Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip are in their nineties and they have been vaccinated.
A highly transmissible new variant of the virus is raging across the UK, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has implemented a third nationwide lockdown in the UK to stop the epidemic before the most vulnerable people are immunized. Similar measures have been taken in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Within 28 days of receiving a positive test for COVID-19, more than 80,000 people died in the UK, making it the fifth most official death toll in the world, with more than 3 million people testing positive.
England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said on Sunday that the National Health Service in parts of the country is facing “the most difficult situation anyone can remember”.
Hancock did not rule out stricter lockdown measures. He said he “would not speculate” about further restrictions, although he added that “the vast majority” of people comply with current regulations.
Editing by Mark Heinrich and Frances Kerry