Britain hits target of 15 million vaccines

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More than 15 million people in the UK have now had a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed the news on Twitter today saying: “15,000,000! Amazing team We will not rest till we offer the vaccine to the whole of phase1 the 1-9 categories of the most vulnerable & all over 50s by end April and then all adults.”

Boris Johnson released a video in which he called it an “extraordinary feat” and a “significant milestone.”

He said it has been a “truly national UK-wide effort”, adding: “We’ve done it together. And I want to thank each and every person who has helped make it happen.”

Mr Johnson went on: “In England, I can tell you we have now offered jabs to everyone in the first four priority groups, the people most likely to be severely ill from coronavirus hitting the first target we set ourselves.”

The government had set a target of offering a vaccine to the top four priority groups in Britain (the equivalent of 15 million people) by February 15.

As of 14 February, 15,062,189 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Around 67 million people currently reside in the UK, meaning just under a quarter of the population has now received a dose since the first one was given on December 8.

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