“Of course, we start with the most vulnerable”, but “every adult will be offered a vaccine by the fall,” the minister promised on the BBC.
Europe’s country most bereaved by the pandemic with 81,431 dead (+563 in 24 hours), the United Kingdom is currently facing an outbreak of coronavirus contaminations attributed to a more contagious variant.
More than three million people have tested positive there since the start of the pandemic (+54,940 Sunday) and 30,000 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalized.
“The NHS is currently facing the most dangerous situation we can remember,” Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, warned in the Sunday Times.
“If the virus continues on this trajectory, hospitals will be in real difficulty, and that very soon,” he added, warning against “the staff / patient ratio – already very high”, which will soon become “unacceptable” .
To get out of this situation, the British government has started a “race against time” to vaccinate by mid-February the over 70s, caregivers and vulnerable people, or around 15 million people belonging to a category. of the population where 88% of deaths due to Covid-19 occur.
And “we are on the right track” to achieve it, estimated the Minister of Health on Sky news, affirming that the United Kingdom now vaccinates “200,000 people per day”, thanks to the vaccines of BioNTech-Pfizer and AstraZeneca / Oxford.
According to Matt Hancock, the vaccination campaign that began in early December has so far allowed 1.5 million people, including “about a third of those over 80,” to receive their first injection.
But the British government, considered too slow to react, is singled out by some experts. “The UK does not have a clear strategy beyond reactive containment when hospitals are under pressure,” said Times Radio Devi Sridhar, a public health expert at the University of Edinburgh.
As the country entered its third lockdown, the professor said it was “unrealistic” to hope that citizens continue to abide by these rules, after “almost a year” of restrictive measures, calling on the government to present a “clear plan to exit of these confinements “.