Today, on Monday, 4 January, Britain will begin managing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine: it will be the first country in the world to do so. 530,000 ready-to-use doses have already been delivered, while a total of 100 million orders have been made, enough to vaccinate almost the entire population (the UK has 66 million residents and requires two doses for each person it occurs).
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was approved by Britain on 30 December. The first to receive it would be residents and employees of retirement homes, more than 80 seniors and employees of the British National Health Service.
On 8 December, the UK has started administering Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, in which it has booked 40 million doses. The goal was to have 4 million people vaccinated within the first month, but currently only 1 million people have received the vaccine.
More than 50,000 new coronovirus infections were reported for the sixth consecutive day in Britain on Sunday 3 January, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson reported BBC Sanctions may be tightened to prevent infection in some areas, including the possibility of postponing the reopening of schools.
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