(BBC News) – Nearly two million people in the UK have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine in the past week, government figures show.
By the end of Tuesday 4.61 million people had received their initial jab, up from 2.64 million the week before.
Matt Hancock told MPs: “We’re giving 200 vaccinations every minute”.
But Boris Johnson warned there was “unquestionably going to be a tough few weeks” while the vaccine was rolled out and urged people to observe lockdown.
Speaking during a visit to flood-hit Didsbury in Manchester, Boris Johnson said it was still “too early” to say when some lockdown restrictions could be lifted in England and it was “absolutely crucial” people observed the restrictions.
He said figures from an Imperial College London survey showed the “contagiousness” of the new variant of the virus, “it’s not more deadly but it is much more contagious and the numbers are very great”.