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Record daily rise in UK Covid vaccinations, as 600,000 more get first dose

The UK has reported a file daily rise in the variety of individuals vaccinated in opposition to coronavirus, after knowledge confirmed almost 600,000 more individuals had obtained their first dose. 

More than 8,977,300 individuals have obtained their first dose of a Covid-19 jab and 491,000 have had the second for the reason that vaccination drive started, in keeping with authorities figures.

On Sunday, the quantity of people that have obtained their first dose rose by 598,389 – the first time more than half 1,000,000 first doses had been reported on a single day for the reason that publication of daily vaccination figures.

Meanwhile, knowledge confirmed 10,621 more individuals had obtained their second dose.

The whole of 609,010 receiving both a first or second dose was additionally file rise. 

The figures had been for vaccinations reported on Saturday.

Dr Susan Hopkins, the Covid-19 strategic response director at Public Health England (PHE), mentioned on Sunday specialists count on to see an affect of the coronavirus vaccine on the over-80s over the subsequent two weeks.

Asked if there was proof the vaccination programme was starting to scale back infections, she advised BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “We are seeing declines in all age groups at the moment.” 

“We’re starting to see declines in the over-70s and over-80s. It’s a bit early to say whether those declines are directly related to the vaccine.”

Dr Hopkins additionally mentioned lockdown measures have to be eased slowly so “we can clamp down quite fast” if a rise of circumstances is seen.

Her feedback got here as preliminary analysis from authorities  scientific advisers urged a “huge surge in deaths” will solely be prevented as restrictions are relaxed if vaccines have a excessive uptake and are extremely efficient at blocking an infection and subsequently transmission – somewhat than simply scale back the severity of illness.

England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam has mentioned vaccines’ affect on transmission shouldn’t be but understood, with Public Health England working to determine vaccines’ impact on an infection.

He argued the jabs with excessive ranges of effectiveness in trials “really couldn’t fail to have some effect on transmission”, telling a Downing Street press convention the question is absolutely “to what extent” somewhat they whether or not they do or not.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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