UK breaks daily vaccine record for second day in a row

    The UK has seen a new record for the most coronavirus jabs given out over 24 hours, the second time in consecutive days that figure has been broken.

    A total of 711,156 doses were given across the UK on Friday, vaccinations minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed today (20/3). 589,675 of those were first doses and 121,481 were second.

    Figures show Milton Keynes has vaccinated 8,220 adults this week alone.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of those to have their first vaccine after he was given the AstraZeneca jab at St Thomas' Hospital on Friday.

    The previous record was set on Thursday when a total of 660,276 doses were administered - 528,260 first jabs and 132,016 second doses.

    A total of 26,853,407 people have now had a first dose of the vaccine and 2,132,551 have had their second jab.

    The UK also reported another 96 deaths within 28 days of a positive test on Saturday, and a further 5,587 cases.

    This comes after we announced earlier on today (20/3) that over half of the UK adult population had now received their first dose, a milestone hailed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a "fantastic achievement".

    That means Britain and Northern Ireland are around five million short of reaching the second target - vaccinating the first nine priority groups by 15 April. Current progress suggests that target will be met ahead of time.

    Despite that, NHS England said on Wednesday a significant shortfall in doses is expected from 29 March for about four weeks.

    That could mean the first group of under-50s may have to wait until May to get a jab, despite doctors having planned to start that group in April.

    Mr Johnson said a delay in deliveries from India and the need to retest a batch of 1.7 million doses was behind the delay.

    But he maintained that the UK is still on track to offer all adults a first dose by the end of June.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock remained confident that the next part of the roadmap out of lockdown would continue as set out, with six people from different households allowed to meet outside and the return of outdoor organised sports from 28 March.

    "We're on track to meet the commitments we've made to vaccinate the whole population, offer that first jab by the end of July, and to meet the date set out in the roadmap, but we'll stay vigilant and we'll be cautious and careful in our approach," he said.

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