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    Monday, January 4, 2021

    UK Hospitals Receive Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine for Monday Rollout

    Britain will become the first country to roll out the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine this morning.

    Six hospitals in England will administer the first of around 530,000 doses of the newly approved vaccine that Britain has ready to go.

    The coronavirus immunisation programme will be expanded to hundreds of other British sites in coming days, with the Government hoping it will deliver tens of millions of doses within months.

    The vaccine, which was approved by Britain's regulatory body, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), for emergency use on Wednesday, will eventually be given at more than 700 vaccination sites, the National Health Service (NHS) England said.

    Current and former NHS staff have applied to become vaccinators, and tens of thousands have already completed their online training, the health body added. It will give doctors who work outside of hospitals an extra 10 pounds (13 dollars) for every care home resident whom they vaccinate by the end of the month.

    The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved for emergency use on December 2, with grandmother Margaret Keenan being the first person to be vaccinated on December 8.

    A total of 750,000 doses of the vaccine had been administered to elderly and vulnerable Britons by the final week of 2020.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted on Sunday that tens of millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine would be delivered by the end of March. The first big step towards that goal begins with the roll-out of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine today.

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