Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Hancock gives update on vaccine plan

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Hancock gives update on vaccine plan

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has given a speech at the Downing Street coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing on the latest data regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the government's vaccine plan. Hancock stated that there are currently 37,535 positive cases of coronavirus, which has put the NHS under significant pressure as 37,475 people are currently in UK hospitals with coronavirus (the highest number there has been throughout the pandemic). He went on to say that the UK's vaccine plan aims to defeat coronavirus, save as many lives as possible and reduce pressure on the NHS. The UK is on track to vaccinate the most vulnerable by the middle of February 2021 and thus far 4,062,501 people across the UK have been vaccinated. Hancock said that by September 2021 all adults in the UK should be offered a coronavirus vaccine. He also said that the vaccine programme will continue to expand and accelerate but that we must all play our part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Source: Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 18 January 2021

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