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UK, Russia Fixes Date For Commencement Of COVID-19 Vaccinations



The United Kingdom will on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, commence the administration of the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19.

This was announced on Friday by Chris Hopson, head of NHS Provider, a membership organization for the National Health Service trusts in England.

Speaking to the BBC, Hopson said: “There are 50 hospital hubs and we know the vaccine will reach those to enable people to start vaccinating on Tuesday.”

Asked if there was any target for the number of vaccines to be administered on Tuesday, Hopson said “as many as possible”, but stressed that the bulk of the immunization program would be carried out from January to March, 2021. “It’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint,” he said.

Recall that the UK had on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, approved a vaccine for Coronavirus, becoming the first country to approve a vaccine in the world.

Similarly, Hospitals in the Russian capital, Moscow, will begin vaccinating people against COVID-19 from Saturday.

President Vladmir Putin has ordered the start of treatment for people most at risk of contracting the disease.

It will start with people working in schools and the health sector as well as social workers.

Russia is using its own vaccine, commonly known as Sput-nik V, which was registered for emergency use in August.

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