Today, thousands of people across the UK will begin receiving the second vaccine approved by regulators, and developed in the UK by Oxford University / AstraZeneca, as we accelerate the rollout of life-saving vaccines that will enable us to defeat coronavirus and save lives.
- We have reached a pivotal moment in our fight against this awful virus, but we hope the availability of a second vaccine provides renewed hope to everybody that the end of the pandemic is in sight.
- From today, the NHS will begin administering the first 530,000 doses of the AstraZeneca / Oxford University vaccine – with 100 million doses secured in total – alongside the Pfizer vaccine as part of a national effort that has already seen more people inoculated in the UK than the rest of Europe put together.
- Our plan to roll out vaccinations as quickly as possible is well underway, with 1,000 vaccination sites up and running by the end of the week. But although the end is in sight, we must all continue to do our part to drive down the virus by following the guidance and the restrictions to protect the NHS and save lives.