UK administers 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Clay Curtis
February 15, 2021

Johnson said in England, everyone in the four top priority groups had been offered the vaccine.

The Government dashboard says that 15,062,189 people nationally had received a first vaccine dose as of February 13, with 537,715 having a second dose up to this date.

He said ministers were hopeful schools can reopen from 8 March, with the government looking to open non-essential shops after this and then the hospitality sector.

In the report, scientists said rich countries had secured at least 4.2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines, warning that their stockpiling of the vaccine doses would result in a shortfall in poorer and mid-income countries for years to come.

"This country has achieved an extraordinary feat, administering a total of 15 million jabs into the arms of some of the most vulnerable people in the country", Johnson said on Twitter alongside a video message.

BRITAIN said yesterday it will use the first leaders' meeting of its G7 presidency next week to seek more global cooperation on coronavirus vaccine distribution and post-pandemic recovery plans. "And we have to continue getting vaccinated as soon as that vaccine is available to us".

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A group of 63 Conservative MPs sent Johnson a letter calling for an easing of lockdowns, saying their was "no justification" for not lifting all Covid restrictions by the end of April when the government hopes to have vaccinated everyone over the age of 50. "We don't want to see that unravel because we go too far".

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The clinically vulnerable are also being offered the jab as the vaccine rollout is officially expanded beyond the top four priority groups.

These groups have accounted for 88 per cent of the UK's COVID-19 deaths so far, according to the Department of Health and Social Care and are estimated by the JCVI to be some 15 million people.

It also announced that 49,967 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in the past 24 hours. The approval provided by DCGI accords a window of four to six weeks for the second dose. Highest priority health-care workers and very high priority health-care workers have been identified as groups who should be vaccinated "immediately". "It has been a truly national, UK-wide effort". United Kingdom government scientific advisers say the COVID-19 variant now predominant in the country may be up to 70% more deadly than previous variants, underscoring concerns about how mutations may change the characteristics of the disease. The studies compared hospitalization and death rates among people infected with the variant and those infected with other variants.

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