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Boris Johnson in the present day joined the hundreds of thousands of vaccinated Britons after receiving his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
The Prime Minister, 56, gave a triumphant thumbs up after having his inoculation at St Thomas’ in central London – the identical hospital he was admitted when struck down with Covid in April final yr.
Encouraging others to additionally get jabbed, he mentioned he ‘actually could not really feel a factor’ when his nurse, Lily, injected him in his left arm.
By receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine himself, Mr Johnson is sending the strongest potential sign he believes it to be secure following hesitancy from European leaders.
Nations together with France, Germany and Italy had suspended use of the jab after a handful of recipients – out of hundreds of thousands – skilled blot clotting.
Confronted with comparably sluggish rollouts and low take-up, their motion was broadly condemned as a political calculation which has now been reversed after the regulator declared it secure. Italian PM Mario Draghi tonight mentioned he could have the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Taking a thinly-veiled swipe at his Continental counterparts, the Prime Minister added: ‘Take heed to the scientists, take heed to what the European Medicines Company needed to say, to what the MHRA [the British regulator] has mentioned.
‘The danger is Covid – it is a good thing to do.’
Britain has now vaccinated over half of its grownup inhabitants and the rollout yesterday hit a document tempo after 660,276 doses have been dished out.
Boris Johnson in the present day joined the hundreds of thousands of Britons to be vaccinated after receiving his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab
The Prime Minister, 56, gave a triumphant thumbs up after having his inoculation at St Thomas’ in central London – the identical hospital he was admitted to when struck down with Covid in April final yr
PM will get jab virtually a yr after combating for all times with Covid
Boris Johnson’s Covid jab tonight comes virtually a yr after he was severely struck down with the illness.
After testing optimistic on March 27, 2020, the Prime Minister was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital with ‘persistent signs’ on April 5.
On April 6, he was moved into intensive care and was unable to hold out his prime ministerial duties, forcing Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise.
Mr Johnson later mentioned ‘it might have gone both approach’ and paid tribute to the medics who saved him.
Pinning the blame for his vulnerability on his weight, he subsequently resolved to get fitter and began early morning runs within the grounds of Buckingham Palace in addition to chopping again on his penchant for cheese and wine.
The Prime Minister has since declared he’s ‘bursting with antibodies’.
Taking to Twitter shortly after being jabbed, Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘I’ve simply obtained my first Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine dose. Thanks to all the unimaginable scientists, NHS workers and volunteers who helped make this occur.
‘Getting the jab is the most effective factor we are able to do to get again to the lives we miss a lot. Let’s get the jab carried out.’
Newest Division of Well being knowledge exhibits 528,260 first doses have been administered on Thursday, on high of one other 132,016 second photographs.
Fellow cupboard ministers together with Grant Shapps, Therese Coffey and Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi have additionally been jabbed.
The PM’s jab will put him among the many 1000’s of Britons anticipated to obtain their vaccine in the present day.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned a ‘mammoth crew effort’ had led to Britain hitting document tempo, whereas well being minister Lord Bethell identified it meant almost 1 per cent of the nation had been jabbed in a single day.
The programme had been steadily gaining tempo this week, after 529,119 whole doses got out on Tuesday and 581,855 on Wednesday. Some 26.2million Britons have now obtained their first dose, the equal of half the grownup inhabitants in Britain, and 2m have obtained each injections.
Regardless of the promising week, the NHS is gearing up for a big scarcity of vaccine doses subsequent month attributable to provide points in India.
A cargo of 4million AstraZeneca photographs from has been delayed, for causes that are not completely clear, with No10 holding secret talks with New Delhi to get the roll-out again on monitor.
It means Britons aged over 40 who have been anticipating to be referred to as for his or her appointments subsequent month might want to wait till at the very least Might whereas ministers prioritise present inventory for over-50s and for individuals due their second doses.
In the meantime, MailOnline in the present day revealed Britain has virtually stopped giving out the Pfizer Covid vaccine to new sufferers so it could save provides for second doses.
The NHS in England seems to now be rationing the jab, which was used to kick off the rollout in December, and solely used it for one in 10 new sufferers within the first week of March.
The Prime Minister beforehand mentioned he’s ‘bursting with antibodies’ after contracting coronavirus in early April final yr
NHS England figures present 79 per cent of over-55s within the nation had at the very least one dose of the vaccine by March 14, however London is considerably lagging behind in uptake
No10’s vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi bought his first dose of a coronavirus vaccination this morning in Lewisham. He was jabbed by NHS England’s director of main care Dr Nikki Kanani
It comes after NHS figures revealed how vaccine uptake charges differed throughout the nation, with solely 60 per cent of over-55s in components of London receiving their first doses in comparison with virtually 90 per cent in components of Worcestershire.
There are 21 areas of the nation which have but to hit greater than 70 per cent of this age group, and 17 of them are in London. For comparability, the Isles of Scilly has vaccinated 822 of its 876 over-55s — giving it an uptake of 93.8 per cent — and Stafford, Mid Suffolk and the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire have all jabbed greater than 89 per cent.
MINISTERS SCRAMBLE TO DEFUSE STAND-OFF WITH INDIA BY INSISTING IT ISN’T BLOCKING SHIPMENTS
Ministers have been in the present day scrambling to defuse the standoff with India over 5million lacking doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine, with No10 holding secret talks with New Delhi to get the roll-out again on monitor.
Matt Hancock yesterday admitted a delayed cargo from the Serum Institute of India was a key consider shortages that may gradual the marketing campaign down subsequent month, that means hundreds of thousands of over-40s must wait till Might to get their first dose.
However in entrance of the whole nation final night time, Boris Johnson – who is because of journey to India within the coming months to safe a profitable post-Brexit commerce deal – claimed Narenda Modi’s authorities had ‘not stopped any exports’.
Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden in the present day waded into the confusion and repeated the claims of the Prime Minister, saying India was not ‘withholding vaccines’ and that the SII had ‘some provide points’.
Requested if Mr Modi’s administration was blocking exports, Mr Dowden advised LBC: ‘No. India just isn’t withholding vaccines, and I pay tribute to the work of the Serum Institute. They’ve had some provide points with 5million doses.’
It comes as one of many Authorities’s high scientific advisers insisted in the present day that Britain’s vaccine in scarcity in April gained’t hamper the UK’s inoculation drive.
‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson, an Imperial Faculty London epidemiologist whose grim modelling spooked ministers into the primary blanket shutdown final March, dismissed fears that the hold-up might threaten plans to ease lockdown.
He advised BBC Radio 4’s Immediately programme the delay was ‘barely disappointing’ however insisted it shouldn’t have an ‘monumental impact’. And he added that No10 nonetheless has ‘sufficient’ provide to proceed with the programme – which has already vaccinated virtually 26million Britons.
One other Imperial scientist in the present day mentioned it was ‘unrealistic to think about the primary dose roll-out shall be as quick’. Professor Robin Shattock, who’s concerned in vaccine analysis, mentioned the delay was ‘manageable’, nonetheless.
Uptake figures are primarily based on the newest inhabitants estimates by Public Well being England’s Nationwide Immunisation Administration Service (NIMS).
Officers insist vaccines are divvied out evenly throughout the nation, suggesting poor uptake is in charge. Well being chiefs are involved about excessive ranges of vaccine hesitancy amongst black and ethnic minorities, fuelled by anti-vaxx messages on social media.
England’s vaccine roll-out was widened to over-50s this week however a shortfall within the vaccine provide subsequent month is predicted to imply hundreds of thousands of over-40s will not be inoculated till Might.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock this week revealed provides could be used to mop up the over-50s who have not already been jabbed, whereas making certain Britons do not miss out on essential top-ups. Diverting provides to inner-city neighbourhoods with low uptake charges will cease areas main the way in which from transferring down the precedence listing.
MailOnline’s evaluation of the newest vaccine statistics exhibits most components of the nation are effectively on their approach to attaining the goal of providing first doses to all over-50s by April 15.
However a lot of the capital is significantly lagging behind within the roll-out to over-55s, with greater than half 1,000,000 within the age group but to obtain a jab in London.
Uptake was worst in Hackney (59.2 per cent), Newham (60.2 per cent), Kensington and Chelsea (61.1 per cent), Southwark (61.3 per cent) and Westminster (61.4 per cent). Almost 90,000 over-55s nonetheless have to return ahead for a jab in these boroughs alone.
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, 35 areas of the nation have vaccinated greater than 85 per cent of individuals in that age group.
The Isles of Scilly, Stafford, Mid Suffolk and Wyre Forest had jabbed greater than 89 per cent, adopted by the Isle of Wight (88.7 per cent), Wyre (88.3 per cent), Babergh (87.9 per cent), Malvern Hills (87.4 per cent) and Harborough (87.2 per cent).
East Suffolk has vaccinated 88.5 per cent of its over-55s regardless of being one of many only a few native authorities within the nation to have greater than 100,000 individuals within the age group.
The information additionally confirmed simply 64 per cent of carers working in individuals’s properties have taken up the provide of the vaccine.
Uptake among the many group — who work with probably the most susceptible individuals in society — is lowest in Barnet in north London (28.5 per cent), Barnsley in south Yorkshire (29.3 per cent) and Tub and North East Somerset (29.3 per cent).
In the meantime, official knowledge suggests Britain has virtually stopped giving out the Pfizer Covid vaccine to new sufferers so it could save provides for second doses.
The NHS seems to now be rationing the jab, which was used to kick off the rollout in December, and solely used it for one in 10 new sufferers within the first week of March.
In January, when AstraZeneca’s vaccine first bought permitted, Pfizer’s nonetheless accounted for 3 quarters of all first doses however this fell to only 9 per cent within the first week of March, when solely 200,000 new sufferers got it.
MailOnline understands deliveries of the Belgian-made jab shall be smaller from April due to a deliberate discount and there’s additionally a danger the EU will attempt to rescue its shambolic roll-out and attempt to block shipments from reaching the UK.
Ministers should be cautious with the provision they do get as a result of they’re already over midway by way of provides deliberate as much as June – and so they owe round 10m individuals a second dose.
TOP 10 AREAS FOR VACCINE UPTAKE AMONG OVER-55s
Isles of Scilly
Isle of Wight
93.8 per cent
89.4 per cent
89.2 per cent
89.1 per cent
88.7 per cent
88.5 per cent
88.3 per cent
87.9 per cent
87.4 per cent
87.2 per cent
BOTTOM 10 AREAS FOR VACCINE UPTAKE AMONG OVER-55s
Kensington and Chelsea
Hammersmith and Fulham
59.2 per cent
60.2 per cent
61.1 per cent
61.3 per cent
61.4 per cent
62.0 per cent
63.7 per cent
64.7 per cent
64.8 per cent
65.3 per cent
The Division of Well being mentioned everybody will get their second doses inside 12 weeks as deliberate. Each the Division and Pfizer declined to touch upon the supply schedule however insist there is no such thing as a downside with provides, amid experiences on social media of Britons being advised there’s a scarcity.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which is offered in a lot bigger portions, is now taking on because the nation’s staple vaccine as medics rattle by way of the precedence lists.
However a hiccup in provides of that due to a blocked cargo of 5million doses from India – mixed with a necessity to order Pfizer shares – means the variety of individuals getting first doses shall be ‘considerably constrained’ in April, the NHS has warned.
This implies hundreds of thousands of individuals of their 40s will seemingly have to attend till at the very least Might to get their first doses. However Whitehall insiders are nonetheless hopeful that some will get jabs forward of schedule, amid claims under-50s could be invited by Easter.
Figures within the MHRA’s Yellow Card experiences, which document individuals’s reactions to the vaccines, present that the proportion of first jabs which might be Pfizer’s has tumbled.
Whereas 78 per cent of all first doses have been Pfizer jabs between December 8 and January 24, this cut up reversed between February 7 and March 7 in order that it solely accounted for 34 per cent.
The vaccine was used for 1.2million first doses between December 8 and January 4 earlier than Oxford’s bought approval.
AstraZeneca’s got here into use on January 4 however by January 24, Pfizer’s nonetheless accounted for 78 per cent of all first doses – 5.4m out of a complete 6.9m.
Come February, when AstraZeneca’s was being churned out at a price of 2million per week, the proportion of recent sufferers who have been getting Pfizer’s jab began to return down however it remained a mainstay of the rollout.
It had accounted for 60 per cent by February 7, when AstraZeneca began to achieve floor.
Weekly knowledge accessible from early February exhibits the proportion of weekly first-dose vaccines that have been Pfizer ranged between 30 and 50 per cent in February.
However it then plummeted to only 9 per cent within the first week of March, when solely 200,000 individuals out of two.2million got the Pfizer jab.
In that the majority latest week the variety of second doses was about equal to the variety of first doses, suggesting a pivot in the way in which the jab is getting used.
A Division of Well being spokesperson mentioned: ‘Vaccines will save 1000’s of lives and cut back hospitalisations and any vaccine permitted by the MHRA is confirmed to be each secure, and efficient.