Entire UK population will 'probably' receive two Covid vaccine doses by August

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2021

"Today we received this first batch", Duque said.

Several people in OR were diagnosed with COVID-19 and experienced "reduced" severity after receiving both doses of the vaccine.

"I want many people to receive the vaccine, once we have an accurate understanding of the benefits and risks", he told reporters.

About 15.6 million people in the country have been vaccinated with a first dose and 546,165 with a second dose, the fastest roll-out per capita of any large country.

In the coming weeks, vaccines will be supplied to more countries in Africa, Latin America, CARICOM and the Pacific Island states, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said.

Last year, the government said that anyone convicted of producing or distributing falsified or substandard medicines or vaccines amid the coronavirus outbreak could face severe penalties including the death penalty under new legislation.

The first vaccine is scheduled to arrive in Malaysia on 21 February, with 312,390 doses ready which will be distributed to the first wave of participants on 26 February.

That includes an order for 50m doses of a "next generation" vaccine being produced by Curevac that is especially suited to targeting emerging Covid variants.

The Chinese government also claims that a batch of about 600 of the fake vaccines manufactured by Kong were smuggled to Hong Kong before being shipped overseas, and the whereabouts of those vaccines are now unknown.

"But because we've taken a portfolio approach we've got other vaccines that are going to be approved in the very near future".

The UK's medicines regulatory body last month authorised the Moderna vaccine for emergency use, making it the third jab to be get the green light among the UK's vaccine portfolio.

Studies have also indicated that the vaccines supplied by the two companies are, on average, 94% effective against the virus. The vaccination drive would be completed within a year, Kono said.

However, he has so far refused to provide firm dates for exiting lockdown restrictions, insisting coronavirus rates need to be "really, really low" before measures can be lifted.

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