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All adults will be vaccinated by autumn, says Matt Hancock

Telegraph, 10 Jan 2021
Matt Hancock has today pledged that every adult in Britain will have been offered a coronavirus vaccination by the autumn, in the UK's biggest ever inoculation campaign.

The Health Secretary said 200,000 people are currently being vaccinated each day, amid a race to meet a target of inoculating 15 million of the most vulnerable by mid-February.

The Government is initially prioritising the elderly, their carers and health workers, but the health secretary insisted everybody eligible would be offered the jab this year.

"We are going to have enough to offer the vaccine to everyone over the age of 18 by the autumn," Mr Hancock told the BBC, adding it was vital to have started with the most vulnerable.

So far health regulators in the UK have approved two vaccines which are already being used - the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs.This week the Moderna inoculation, which will be rolled out from the spring, was also approved.

Jabs have mostly been administered at hospitals and doctors surgeries, but seven mass vaccination centres will open next week, with more in the pipeline, according to Mr Hancock.

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