Covid19 – More than half the population of UK has received the 1st dose of the vaccine
The government has given first doses to 33.5 million people, health authorities said today. That’s more more than half the Office for National Statistics’ most recent population estimate of 66.8 million. More than 12 million people have been given second doses.
The UK has given half of its population a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a key milestone in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s efforts to revive an economy that was among the worst-hit in the early months of the pandemic.
Experts have said vaccines should be able to control the COVID-19 pandemic, as they published new real-world UK data showing that jabs slash infection and are likely to cut transmission.
Just one dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine leads to a two-thirds drop in coronavirus cases and is 74 percent effective against symptomatic infection.
Britain’s vaccine rollout, which has raced ahead of countries in the European Union, means it is on track to ease lockdown measures and re-open the economy in line with its plan.