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Every UK adult can have two doses of the vaccine by September, the task force told Sky | Instant News


LONDON, February 16 (Reuters) – Every adult in Great Britain can receive both doses of the coronavirus vaccine in August or September, the head of the country’s vaccine task force told Sky News on Tuesday.

The UK has vaccinated 15.6 million people with the first dose and 546,165 with the second, the fastest launch per capita of any major country.

“We might talk about when August or September is all over, maybe sooner if we need to,” Clive Dix told Sky News.

Reporting by Kate Holton. Edited by Andrew MacAskill

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Launch of the TABLE-UK COVID-19 vaccine: More than 4 million first doses given so far | Instant News


    LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Britain has given more than 4
million people a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far,
government statistics showed on Monday. 
    Britain is aiming to have made first doses of COVID-19
vaccines available to 15 million high-risk people by
mid-February. 
    Here are the latest figures on the progress to that target,
according to the government's coronavirus statistics portal.
        
  Country/Nation       First dose      Second dose
  United Kingdom        4,062,501          452,301
         England        3,520,056          427,386
       N Ireland          125,717           21,016
        Scotland          264,991            3,698
           Wales          151,737              201
 
 (Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Michael Holden)

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Launch of the TABLE-UK COVID-19 vaccine: first 3.6 million doses given so far | Instant News


    LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Britain has given almost 3.6
million people a first dose of  coronavirus vaccine so far,
government statistics showed on Saturday. 
    Britain is aiming to have given first doses of COVID-19
vaccines to 15 million people in high-risk categories by
mid-February. 
    Here are the latest figures, according to the government's
coronavirus statistics portal:
        
   Country/Nation       First dose      Second dose
   United Kingdom        3,559,179          447,261
          England        3,090,058          424,327
 Northern Ireland          117,906           19,474
         Scotland          224,840            3,331
            Wales          126,375              129
 
 (Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
  

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Launch of the TABLE-UK COVID-19 vaccine: first 2.43 million doses given so far | Instant News


    LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Britain has given 2.4 million
people a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, government
statistics showed on Tuesday. 
    The government is aiming to have made initial doses of
COVID-19 vaccines available to 15 million high-risk people by
mid-February. 
    Here are the latest figures on the progress to that target,
according to the government's statistics portal.
        
  Country/Nation       First dose      Second dose
  United Kingdom        2,431,648          412,167
         England        2,080,280          393,925
       N Ireland           84,187           15,288
        Scotland          175,942            2,857
           Wales           91,239               97
 
 (Reporting by Costas Pitas and Alistair Smout; editing by
William James)
  

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UPDATE 2-British Sunak warns the economy will worsen before it gets better | Instant News


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LONDON, 11 Jan (Reuters) – Finance Minister Rishi Sunak warned on Monday that the UK economy will get worse before it gets better, with the country now in a third national lockdown and struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Sunak said the new health restrictions were needed but would have a significant economic impact.

“We have to expect the economy to get worse before it gets better,” he told parliament.

The UK economy looks set to return to recession – shrinking in the last quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 – following a record 25% drop in production in the first two months of last year’s lockdown.

Earlier on Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain was in a “race against time” to launch a COVID-19 vaccine as deaths hit record highs and hospitals were running out of oxygen, and his top medical adviser warned the worst weeks of the pandemic were imminent.

Sunak implied no additional economic support announced before the March 3 budget, outside of last week’s 4.6 billion pound ($ 6.2 billion) package for businesses hit by the new lockdown.

“The budget is the right place to consider (the measures) given the scale of the response and indeed the fact that all our main support has been extended into the spring,” he said after asking for more help from the opposition Labor Party.

The UK’s COVID-19 deaths have soared and now exceed 81,000 – the world’s fifth highest death toll – while more than 3 million have tested positive.

Sunak has previously announced emergency aid to the economy worth £ 280 billion, including a massive job protection scheme that runs through the end of April.

He disputed official statistics showing Britain’s economic output had suffered a bigger hit during the pandemic than almost any comparable country.

“It’s very clear that our way of calculating output is flattering other countries and hurting us in making those comparisons,” he said.

UK statistics show a sharp drop in public sector output during the first lockdown – reflecting reduced capacity of hospitals to perform operations and school disruptions – despite a large increase in overall public spending. (Reporting by David Milliken, written by Andy Bruce; editing by William James and Giles Elgood)

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