UK aims to give 1st COVID-19 shot to all adults by September

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

The United Kingdom is vaccinating 140 people per minute against COVID-19 on average, and plans to offer a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to every adult by September.

More than 3.5 million people in Britain have so far received their first dose of a vaccine and some 324,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines were administered in the space of 24 hours, British media reported.

More than five millon others will be invited to have the shot beginning Monday.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Sunday that the government will soon begin a trial of round the clock injections at some locations as it continues to add more vaccination sites to increase the pace of delivery.

“Our target is by September to have offered all the adult population a first dose,” he told Sky News. “If we can do it faster than that, great, but that’s the road map.”

Raab’s comments came as another 1,295 deaths in Britain were reported on Saturday, the third highest daily total since the pandemic began in the country, but at the same time, the country recorded the lowest number of lab-confirmed cases this year with 41,346 new cases.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.



Story compiled with assistance from wire reports