UK Coronavirus vaccines: Are we on target to end lockdown?

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UK Coronavirus vaccines: Are we on target to end lockdown?
UK Coronavirus vaccines: Are we on target to end lockdown?

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations in the UK is set to accelerate in the coming weeks as several new mass vaccine centres opened their doors on Monday.

Home Secretary Priti Patel gave a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in which she announced 2.4m first doses of vaccines have been administered in the UK up to January 11, up from 1.3m in the week up to January 3.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, authorised just after Christmas, as a path out of lockdown when he announced the new national restrictions for England at the start of last week.

He stated that offering vaccinations by mid-February to everyone in the Government’s top four priority groups – a total of 15m elderly and vulnerable people as well as frontline workers – would be crucial before ministers begin to ease lockdown rules.

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