Half of the adult population in the United Kingdom has received the first dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine, the health minister announced on Saturday, welcoming a “major breakthrough” for the country, which is the most bereaved in Europe by the epidemic.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said in a video posted on Twitter, “I am very pleased to tell you that we have now vaccinated half of adults in the UK. It is a huge success.” He thanked those involved in the massive vaccination campaign launched in early December in the United Kingdom.
“This is very important, because this vaccine is our way out of this epidemic”, the minister underlined, encouraging the population to vaccinate.
“The British vaccination program is a huge success. This is thanks to the hard work of many people. It is not easy, but we are making considerable progress,” he said.
The UK has given the first more than 26 million doses of the Kovid-19 vaccine. On Thursday alone, 660,276 doses of the vaccine were injected.
The vaccination campaign was recently expanded to more than 50 people and 56-year-old Prime Minister Boris Johnson received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, following assurances from UK and EU regulators on the serum’s safety .
The country of Europe in the grip of the coronovirus epidemic with more than 126,000 dead, the United Kingdom uses the vaccines of Pfizer / BioNotech and AstraZeneca / Oxford.
The Health Minister on Thursday approved a third vaccine, by the British Regulator, which should be available in the coming weeks.
Despite the expected drop in supply in April, Boris Johnson assured that the “road map” would not be affected by the gradual lifting of epidemic-related restrictions in the coming weeks.
The government aims to deliver the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to all adults over 50 by mid-April and all adults by the end of July.