The UK plans to start administering COVID-19 vaccines this week
In total, the UK has ordered 357 million doses of seven different COVID-19 vaccines.
The UK will begin using the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday and will be the first Western country to vaccinate its population.
The UK is the European country most affected by COVID-19, with more than 61,000 deaths from the virus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to turn the tide on the virus by using the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine earlier than in the United States or the European Union.
“The use of this vaccine marks a turning point in the fight against the pandemic,” said National Health Service (NHS) CEO Simon Stevens. “NHS staff are proud to be the first healthcare provider in the world to vaccinate.”.
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The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. Since each person needs two doses, that’s enough to vaccinate 20 million people in a country of 67 million. In total, the United Kingdom has ordered 357 million doses of seven different vaccines against COVID-19.
About 800,000 doses are expected to be available in the first week, with the first priority being to receive it in nursing homes, people over 80 and some healthcare workers.
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