The United Kingdom is vaccinating 140 people per minute against COVID-19 on average, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.
The United Kingdom, which has the worldâ€™s fifth worst official COVID-19 death toll, is racing to be among the first major countries to vaccinate its population â€“ seen as the best way to exit the pandemic and get the economy going again.
Latest figures show the United Kingdom has vaccinated 3,857,266 people with a first dose and 449,736 with a second dose.
â€śIt is going well, weâ€™re vaccinating on average 140 people, thatâ€™s first jab, literally a minute. Thatâ€™s the average so some areas are doing better,â€ť Zahawi told Sky.
â€śYouâ€™ll see that improve as we open more of the large vaccination centres, 17 in total by this week and 50 by the end of the month.â€ť
â€śToday, in some areas where theyâ€™ve done the majority of their over 80s, letters are going out to the over 70s and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable,â€ť he said.
He said the 24-hour vaccine offering would begin to be piloted in London by the end of the month.
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