In an effort to accelerate its vaccine programme the UK is set to begin the rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.
Around 530,000 doses of the newly approved vaccine are ready for use this morning. Six hospital trusts in Oxford, London, Sussex, Warwickshire will begin dispensing the new vaccine jab.
This has been described as a “pivotal movement” in the UK`s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This is a pivotal moment in our fight against this awful virus and I hope it provides renewed hope to everybody that the end of this pandemic is in sight.”
As England faces a new fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus, Boris Johnson has warned that regional restrictions are “probably about to get tougher” in order to control the surge in infections. The prime minister expects millions of jabs to be administered by April.
Official figures have shown that there were more than 50,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases were recorded on Sunday. Following the upsurge in new Covid cases, Labour has called for a third lockdown in England.
Despite the authorisation of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the UK`s chief medical officers have argued that it “is much more preferable” for more people to be vaccinated with the first jab.
It has been proven that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is more effective, but it is not clear for Pfizer-BioNTech as trials conducted did not look at using the vaccine in this way.
The speed at which the National Health Service (NHS) vaccines might not be the set back to vaccinate but the supply.