In Thursday evening’s Downing Street briefing Boris Johnson announced a goal of administering hundreds of thousands of vaccines a day by 15 January.
He called it a “race against time” while assuring that “battle preparation techniques” are in use to keep up the pace.
The Chief executive of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, said during the briefing that there are now 50 percent more inpatient covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave.
Nurses and doctors caring for the critically ill coronavirus patients describe feeling “shattered”, “scared” and “in tears” by the end of their shifts.
“There’s only so much you can come in and see an unprecedented number of healthy people die before that affects you,” says Tori Cooper, head of nursing in the emergency department.