“Over the last week we’ve vaccinated more people than in the entirety of December, so we’re accelerating the roll-out,” he instructed BBC TV.
Asked how many individuals had been vaccinated, Hancock stated: “It’s around the 2 million mark, but we’re going to publish the exact figures tomorrow and then henceforth on a daily basis.”
Britain is aiming to vaccinate round 14 million individuals by the center of February, comprising the over-70s, the clinically weak – the aged or with pre-existing situations – and well being and social care employees.
Hancock stated round 200,000 have been at present being vaccinated day by day, placing Britain heading in the right direction to assembly the goal and providing a possibility to begin easing restrictions within the spring.
With a extremely transmissible new variant of the virus surging throughout Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed a 3rd nationwide lockdown in England – its most populous area – to attempt to stem the pandemic earlier than essentially the most weak are immunised.
More than 80,000 individuals in Britain have died inside 28 days of receiving a optimistic Covid-19 take a look at, the fifth-highest official death toll on the earth, and over three million individuals have examined optimistic.
Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip, each of their nineties, have obtained vaccinations in opposition to Covid-19, Buckingham Palace stated on Saturday.