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UK plans to receive up to two million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine weekly

Source : 112 Ukraine

The increase in vaccine production is associated with the desire to accelerate vaccination due to the spread of a new Covid-19 strain in the country
14:22, 2 January 2021

AFP

About two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca are set to be supplied every week by the middle of January in the United Kingdom. This was reported by The Times.

AstraZeneca expects to supply two million doses of the vaccine in total by next week.

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"The plan is then to build it up fairly rapidly - by the third week of January we should get to two million a week," the company reports.

The report comes after Britain approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, hoping that rapid action will help it stem a record surge of infections driven by a highly contagious form of the virus.

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As we reported earlier, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered 100 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for the country as part of an agreement with the company. The company had said it aims to supply millions of doses in the first quarter, adding that first vaccinations are slated to begin this year.

Britain, which has recorded more than 50,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 for the last four days, is dealing with a rapid spread of a much more infectious variant of the coronavirus.

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