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UK aims to give at least one vaccine dose to all adults by July 31

The British government says it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of coronavirus vaccine by July 31, a month earlier than its previous target.

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The British government says it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of vaccine by July 31, a month earlier than its previous target.

The goal is for everyone over 50 or with an underlying health condition to get a shot by April 15, rather than the previous target of May 1.

The makers of the two vaccines Britain is using, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have both experienced supply problems in Europe. But UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that we now think that we have the supplies to speed up the vaccination campaign.

More than 17.2 million people have been given the first of two doses of vaccine since the UK inoculation campaign began on December 8.

The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with senior ministers Sunday to finalise a road map out of that national lockdown that is due to be announced on Monday.

Britain has had more than 120,000 deaths, the highest toll in Europe.

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First Published: Sun, February 21 2021. 16:02 IST
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