(ANSA) – LONDON, 11 JAN – There are now 2 million people who have received the first dose of the anti-Covid vaccine in the United Kingdom, struggling with the new surge in infections caused by the ‘English variant’ of the virus, but also with an accelerated vaccination plan launched by the government of Boris Johnson after the faster authorization than the rest of the world given on the BioNTech / Pfizer and Oxford / AstraZeneca prototypes, followed later by the ok to that of Moderna.
The numbers have been confirmed in these hours by Nadhim Zahawi, appointed ad hoc minister for the vaccination campaign by Johnson; while Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of the National Health Service (NHS England), announced the opening this week of 7 mega centers created exclusively for anti-Covid vaccinations and the mobilization of hundreds of other GPs and nurses in the only England for this specific task. The first ‘flying’ center was inaugurated this morning in Cobhan, Surrey, and will allow at least 200 people to be vaccinated every day under spaced conditions, Powis said. While the others are ready to open in Bristol, in the ExCel Center exhibition center in London, in the Center for Life in Newcastle, at the Manchester Tennis and Football Center, in the Robertson House in Stevenage and in Millennium Point in Birmingham.
The UK government is now aiming to distribute the first dose of the vaccine to some 15 million “vulnerable people” (the elderly, the sick, including all 80-year-old residents of the Kingdom), and to doctors and carers by mid-February. (HANDLE).
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