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UK set to hit Covid vaccine milestone a day after zero daily deaths reported


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he UK is on the brink of reaching the milestone of three-quarters of adults receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine.

It is expected to come the day after no deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 were reported for the first time since July 30 last year.

Latest Government data suggests that so far, more than 39.4 million people had received their first dose – equating to 74.9 per cent of adults.

In a speech on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will praise the central role of the NHS in the vaccine rollout and say the Government “backed lots of horses”, investing “at risk” in different projects.

His comments come amid continuing debate over whether the final stages of unlocking restrictions in England can go ahead later this month due to concerns over the spread of the Indian variant.

Mr Hancock will speak at the Jenner Institute in Oxford ahead of the UK-hosted G7 Health Ministers’ meeting later this week.

He is expected to say: “Even before the first Covid-19 case arrived in the UK we’d started the work on how to develop, procure and roll out the vaccines that would ultimately make us safe.

“I was told a vaccine had never been developed against any human coronavirus. We dared to believe … and we started early.

Mr Hancock will say: “The biggest risk would have been the failure to find a vaccine at all. So we explicitly embraced risk early on. So we backed lots of horses and invested at risk.



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