Covid-19 vaccine: UAE administers more than 5 million doses

Johnson urges G7 leaders to unite to defeat Covid-19

"Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic and it is testament to the strength of our Union and the combined power of our United Kingdom that we've seen such incredible progress in the roll out of our vaccination programme", he added.

The top four priority cohorts, set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), include care home residents and staff, frontline health and social care workers, anyone aged 70 or over and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

The province said it has broken down health-care workers into these four categories due to the fact that demand for the vaccine will "initially exceed available supply", which may result in the need to decide who gets the vaccine first. As France tries to figure out why its vaccination campaign launched so slowly, the answer lies partly in forests of red tape and the decision to prioritize vulnerable older people in nursing homes.

Once first doses have been offered to people in the highest priority groups, the province will administer first doses to the next priority groups, Hillier said.

A group of 63 Conservative MPs sent Johnson a letter calling for an easing of lockdowns, saying their was "no justification" for not lifting all Covid restrictions by the end of April when the government hopes to have vaccinated everyone over the age of 50. All adults should be offered a first dose by the autumn, he said.

Only two COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines produced in Europe, are approved for use in Canada and both companies have come up short in their recent shipments to the country.

"This is an exciting moment as we now move on to those aged 65 and over and the clinically vulnerable as part of our plan to vaccinate as many people as possible who can benefit from it", he said.

The National Health Service (NHS) said about 1 million people had already received invitations.

And Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was "on track" to meet the "important milestone" and officials could now focus on vaccinating all over-50s by May and all adults by September.

"On behalf of the whole country it's right to mark this successful first phase with a huge thank you to everyone involved in this extraordinary team effort".

"The vaccine gives us immunity from Covid, but it must also give us permanent immunity from Covid-related lockdowns and restrictions", they wrote.

However, he also admitted concerns about the levels of vaccine uptake amongst some communities.

The target was set back on January 4 when Mr Johnson said that by mid-February it is expected that the first vaccine dose will have been offered to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the JCVI.

"And of course, that will eventually enable us to lift numerous restrictions we have endured for so long".

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