Open every hour: 24-hour vaccination sites will be tested in England in the COVID-19 reader

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The UK government will test the first 24-hour vaccination sites by the end of January, as the country continues the the largest vaccine deployment in its history.

England vaccinates an average of 140 people per minute, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi says Sky News Monday. “We will see that improve,” he said, adding that he believed it was “possible” to vaccinate all adults by September.

More than 3.8 million people, including one in three people aged 80 or over, have already received their first dose of either the vaccine developed by the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer PFE,
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and its German partner BioNTech BNTX,
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or the vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca AZN,
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in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

The government has set an ambitious goal of vaccinating 14 million people most at risk by mid-February. In order to achieve this goal, the vaccination program will be extended on Monday to people aged 70 and over and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

A rugby pitch, racetrack, food court and cathedral are among 10 new large-scale vaccination centers, capable of vaccinating thousands of people per week, which will open this week. The new sites mean that there will be 17 vaccination centers offer people an alternative to primary care and hospital services, with more to follow, the National Health Service said.

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In a separate interview with the BBC On Monday, Zahawi said vaccine supply “remained difficult” and was the limiting factor for the deployment of coronavirus vaccines, but was confident of meeting the government’s target by mid-February for the four major groups to risk.

His comments came after it emerged over the weekend that the UK is facing short-term delays in delivering the Pfizer-BioNTech photo as the US pharmaceutical company improves production capacity.

“We will revert to the original schedule of deliveries to the European Union starting the week of January 25, with increased delivery starting the week of February 15, allowing us to deliver the fully committed amount of vaccine doses in the first trimester and many more in the second trimester, ”said Pfizer and BioNTech in a statement on Friday.

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Meanwhile, the general manager of Valneva VLA,
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said the French pharmaceutical company was “days away” from starting commercial manufacture of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine at a factory in Scotland.

“We can’t release it without regulatory approval, so we’re in a bit of a Catch-22 situation and there are definitely some scenarios that we’re currently discussing with regulators,” Thomas Lingelbach told Mail on Sunday newspaper.

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said its vaccine candidate would be available for use in the UK in the second half of 2021. The UK has ordered 60 million doses of the experimental vaccine from Valneva, against 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca – Oxford vaccine.

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Another 671 coronavirus deaths were reported in the UK on Sunday, but the number of new cases has fallen by nearly a third since last week, suggesting the latest lockdown measures are working.

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In a new attempt to protect against the spread of new coronavirus variants, such as those identified in Brazil and South Africa, as of Monday, all international arrivals in the UK, must self-isolate for 10 days or show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken at least five days after entering the country.

Trade body Airlines UK has said it supports the latest restrictions “on the assumption that we will work with the government – when the time comes – to remove these restrictions where it is safe to do so.”

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