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Jan 12 2021

UK: Britain hits 2.3m vaccinated, ‘on track’ to meet Feb target – Health secretary

2.3 million people have received a first COVID vaccine jab in the UK, said Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the House of Commons in London on Tuesday, adding that the country was “on track” to fulfil the set targets for February.

“I am delighted that across the UK, 2.3 million people have already been vaccinated and we are on track to deliver our commitment to offer a first dose to everyone in the most vulnerable groups by February 15,” Hancock said.

The Secretary of Health also announced that nearly 40 percent of all-over 80-years-old in England have received a vaccine jab while urging people to keep following restrictions.

“It is wise to say that this will be a marathon, not a sprint,” he said. “We must also stress to everybody the importance of following the rules which are in place in order to control this virus and reduce the pressures on the NHS which are very considerable at this moment.”

The UK is the worst-hit country in Europe, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, with over three million confirmed cases and more than 80,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

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