Every UK adult should receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of July – as the British government moves forward to speed up its vaccination process.
The target date of 31 July is compared to the month when authorities gave the target to vaccinate each adult in the country.
The British government also said its plan is for everyone 50 and older, as well as people with underlying health conditions, to get their first two jabs by 15 April instead of the previous target date of 1 May.
“We now think we have supplies” to intensify vaccination efforts, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday.
Like the US, Europe is experiencing a shortage in the supply of coronovirus vaccines.
The UK – which is using COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca – is now delaying giving a second vaccine until after 12 weeks, rather than the first three to four weeks standard, so that more people take the first dose pill. Can be given .
That strategy has been criticized in some countries and Pfizer says it has no data to support the gap. However, the approach is supported by scientific advisors to the UK government.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has called on the federal government to allow the Big Apple to exclude its reserve of second-dose shots for those requiring the first dose.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with senior ministers on Sunday to finalize a “road map” out of the national coronovirus-induced lockdown that has been in the country.
Britain has spent much of the winter under tight winters from the highly contagious major virus variant, known as B.1.1.7.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that coronoviruses have killed 120,000 people in the UK and infected over 4.1 million.
More than a third of adults in the UK have 17.5 million people who have been vaccinated after at least one vaccination attempt.
With post wires