The medical director of the English National Health System, Stephen Powis, has predicted the “beginning of the end” of coronavirus after confirming that the first vaccines have begun to arrive at hospitals to formally begin the vaccination process on Tuesday.
“We feel like it’s the beginning of the end. As a doctor, this is a truly exciting time, “Powis said in statements collected by the British news network Sky News.
Powis has warned in any case that it will be “the largest vaccination campaign in the history of our country” and that it will be “a marathon, not a sprint.” “It will take us many months to vaccinate everyone who needs it,” he added.
The medical officer of the English public health system has explained that there will be extra staff to help with the immunization program at the same time that all non-COVID-19 treatments will be maintained.
On the other hand, the British Ministry of Health has reported this Sunday of 17,272 new cases and 231 deaths linked to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours recorded, lower figures in deaths but not in infections than those of Saturday, when reported 397 deaths and 15,539 new cases.
In total, there are more than 1.7 million confirmed cases of the disease throughout the United Kingdom and 69,752 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The United Kingdom has hovered around 20,000 new infections since the end of October and although it seems that it has passed the peak of the second wave, it does not end up reducing the cases as drastically as other comparable countries.