(London) More than 20 million people in the United Kingdom have already received their first vaccine against the corona virus, and the government was delighted Sunday that it is considering mass vaccination to get out of the health crisis.
The announcement comes as the country, with a population of 66 million, has been hit hard by the epidemic, and is concerned about finding a landscape of variation that appeared in Manaus, Brazil.
“Twenty million people in the UK are now vaccinated – a great national achievement,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter.
He asked anyone who called to get the vaccine because “every injection makes a difference in our fight against COVID-19”.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said he was “absolutely delighted” with the new step, thanking everyone who was injected, “because we know more and more that the vaccine protects you and protects your community. The way for all of us.”
“We still have a long way to go, but we are making great progress,” he added in a video posted on Twitter.
According to official figures released on Sunday, 20,089,551 first levels were managed, while the number of second levels reached 796,132.
The most distressed country in Europe, where about 123,000 people have died, the United Kingdom is counting on a mass vaccine to be put in place since January to contain a new very severe wave, which is due to the most contagious variation that has appeared in the south from the UK.
“As vaccine supply increases in March, we plan to accelerate further as Easter approaches” (April 4), said Simon Stevens, director general of the UK’s Public Health Service (NHS).
But as the country rejoiced at the progress of the vaccines, health officials announced on Sunday that they had identified six people affected by a variant identified in Manaus in northern Brazil, which could be highly contagious and resistant to vaccines. One of these individuals could not be located due to incomplete contact details provided as part of his investigation.
As part of the vaccination campaign, launched in early December and is one of the most advanced in the world, everyone over the age of 50 should have received the first dose of the vaccine by April 15, and then all adults. At the end of July.
Then, in order not to slow down its progress, the vaccine will continue to age-appropriate than emerging professions such as police officers and teachers, according to the recommendation of the scientific committee overseeing the campaign. Preference will therefore be given to those aged 40 to 49, then those in their thirties, and finally those aged 18 to 29.
The government had earlier achieved the target of partial vaccination in mid-February, with more than 70 million 15,000 caregivers, residents and nursing home workers currently using Pfizer / BioNTech and Astrogenega / Oxford vaccines.
The number of contaminants and deaths has been declining for a few weeks, with imprisonment very gradually relaxed from March to the end of June. But people called on the authorities not to reduce their security and to respect ongoing restrictions.