Boris Johnson hopes that the rate of vaccination can be increased to cover 10 million individuals in months.
On Monday, people in the UK will start getting the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine after the prime minister expressed hope that in the next few months the pace could be increased to protect 10 million people from Covid-19.
The NHS said that in England, the first doses would be given for monitoring purposes in a limited number of hospitals: in Oxford, where the vaccine was invented, London, Sussex, Lancashire and Warwickshire.
Once it is ensured that there are no concerns, within a few days, the vaccine is sent to community centers run by GPs. Currently, there are 730 immunization centers, with an additional 180 and 100 hospital sites expected to open this week.
Immunizing nursing home patients is the first priority.
While the advisory Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) of the UK government has described this category as the most susceptible to covid, the need to store the vaccine of Pfizer/BioNTech at -70 ° C for long periods has meant that no supplies have been taken by most care homes. GPs are also being given £ 10 by the end of January for each care home resident they vaccinate.
Boris Johnson said he had not yet been able to tell how rapidly the vaccination schedule would be extended to the planned 2 million vaccinations a week.
“I wish I could give you some kind of elaboration here and now on the numbers you’ve already heard, how we hope to get to 2 million a week and so on,”I wish I could give you some kind of elaboration here and now on the numbers you’ve already heard, how we hope to get to 2 million a week and so on. “I can’t tell you that yet. What I can tell you is that … We hope to be able to do 10 million over the course of the next three months.”
The NHS has 530,000 approved and ready-to-use doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The government’s life sciences commissioner, Sir John Bell of Oxford University, told Times Radio that on Monday, AstraZeneca would ship another 450,000 doses. Each batch must go through a quality certification process as part of the approval process used by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to fast-track the vaccine.
Johnson told Marr that “a few million more doses of Pfizer vaccine” are still to be used. We roll them out as soon as we can. Distribution does not cause delays at all, he said.
Asked about stories of potential volunteers being discouraged by the need for additional training and ways of “deradicalization” and “fire drills,” Johnson said, “I think that’s absurd, and I know the Secretary of Health and Human Services is taking steps to get rid of that pointless bureaucracy.”
The Chief Medical Officers of the United Kingdom warned last week that the United Kingdom was Due to global demand for vaccines, they could face shortages. They endorsed the proposal of the JCVI to delay the second vaccine from three or four weeks to 12 weeks so that, with the doses available to the NHS, as many people as possible would get some protection.
A joint letter signed by the Chief Medical Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said, “Currently, the main obstacle is vaccine availability, a global problem, and this will be the case for several months and, importantly, through the critical winter period,” “The vaccine shortage is a reality that cannot be wished away.”
The deputy chief medical officer for England, Jonathan Van-Tam, said at a press conference last week that attempts to manufacture the vaccine could be delayed by a lack of “fill and finish” materials needed to speed up the nationwide launch, such as glass vials.
Matt Hancock, Minister of Health, said that “mark a pivotal moment in our fight against this terrible virus and I hope it gives everyone renewed hope that the end of this pandemic is in sight.”
But while those most at risk have been vaccinated, he said, “I urge everyone to continue to follow the restrictions so we can keep cases down and protect our loved ones.”
Boots and Tesco also volunteered to assist with the vaccination program. Tesco also provided its logistics arm’s facilities, which may include the use of refrigerated vehicles and warehouses to transport supplies.
In Halifax, Huddersfield and Gloucester, Boots is opening three Covid vaccination sites, which will operate in tandem with