More than 40% of UK adult population offered first vaccine, Hancock says

Jon StoneFri, 5 March 2021, 6:00 pm


More than two-fifths of the UK adult population has been offered a Covid-19 vaccine, Matt Hancock has said.

The health secretary told a Downing Street news briefing that impact of vaccinations was already been seen in a reduction in deaths, which he said had fallen 41% in the past week.

Meanwhile, more than one million people in the UK have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine, according to data published by the health agencies of the four nations.

Mr Hancock said that two-fifths of the adult population of the UK have now received their first dose of the vaccine.

“What this all shows is that the link from cases to hospitalisations and then to deaths that had been unbreakable before the vaccine – that link is now breaking,” he said.

“The vaccine is protecting the NHS, saving lives right across the country. The country’s plan is working.”