London | The British authorities intend to put in place “as soon as possible” a 24-hour vaccination against COVID-19 in order to accelerate the current campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.
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Faced with an outbreak of contaminations attributed to a variant considered more contagious, the United Kingdom wants to vaccinate by mid-February the over 70s and caregivers, or around 15 million people.
“We are going to be operating 24/7 as soon as possible,” Boris Johnson told MPs.
“Currently, we are limited by the supply” of vaccines, he added.
He did not give details of how this would unfold or the intended audiences.
Launched on December 8, the campaign led with the Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca / Oxford doses, has vaccinated more than 2.4 million people.
It gives hope to the authorities of the four nations of the United Kingdom to be able to lift the current confinements to stem the increase in contamination.
In Scotland, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Wednesday to tighten restrictions by banning “click & collect” for shops, indoor take-out and alcohol consumption in public places.
The pandemic has caused more than 83,000 deaths in the UK, the worst toll in Europe.