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COVID-19 vaccine to be offered to all UK adults by September

Every adult in the United Kingdom will be offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September, the British government has said.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab revealed the plan to Andrew Marr on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, following a question about the vaccination drive.

Raab also said that the UK was on track to provide at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all 15 million of the highest priority groups by mid-February and aimed for another 17 million by early spring.

Raab said: “At that point we’ll have 99% of those most at risk of dying of coronavirus administered their first jab, and then the entire adult population we want being offered a first jab by September. That’s the roadmap.”

England has been in a third national lockdown since January 5th in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, which accelerated following the emergence of a new variant.

Known as B-117, the strain is said to be 70% more transmissible but current vaccines are believed to still be effective against it.

The UK recently announced travel bans on arrivals from Latin America and Portugal due to a new strain of COVID-19 that was first identified in Brazil.

Raab added that the government would consider a “phased transition out of lockdown” sometime in spring if the vaccination roadmap proves successful.

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