Britain hopes to vaccinate tens of millions in three months, says Johnson

Britain hopes to be able to vaccinate “tens of millions of people” against COVID-19 within three months, Boris Johnson told the BBC on Sunday. / Photo taken on December 21, 2020 / REUTERS / Tolga Akmen

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain hopes to be able to immunize “tens of millions of people” against COVID-19 within three months, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC on Sunday.

The United Kingdom, where the epidemic has already claimed more than 74,000 lives, was one of the first countries in the world to launch a vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in early December, and the first to urgently authorize the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, then the one developed by AstraZeneca with the University of Oxford.

The latest vaccine, approved last week by the British drug agency, will be available from Monday, the head of government said.

While the virus remains very active in the country, Boris Johnson has not ruled out taking new restrictive measures to try to curb contamination.

William James, French version Elizabeth Pineau

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