More than 600,000 Britons have received the coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech, the Department of Health said.
“Thanks to a huge effort from the NHS [National Health Service] to overcome significant logistical challenges, 616,933 people across the UK have received the coronavirus vaccine, “the ministry said Thursday.
More than 521,000 people have been vaccinated in England, over 56,000 in Scotland, more than 22,000 in Wales and over 16,000 in Northern Ireland.
“In the coming weeks and months, the vaccination rate will increase as more doses become available and the program continues to expand, with more vaccines delivered directly to nursing homes,” the department added.
Last week, the UK identified a new coronavirus variant that is 70% more transmissible than other SARS-CoV-2 strains. After media reports, many countries around the world have closed borders and stopped travel to the UK.