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Covid news – live: UK vaccine rollout ‘envy of the world’ as people with cancer and diabetes urged to get jab

Scottish secretary Alister Jack will claim that the UK’s vaccination programme is the “envy of the world” as he pays tribute to the NHS and armed forces who have helped to administer coronavirus jabs. 

Mr Jack will describe the rollout so far as a “truly astonishing achievement, a task on a scale that dwarfs anything since the war.”

Meanwhile, UK charities including Cancer Research UK, Mencap and the Terrence Higgins Trust have written an open letter to those in priority group six, urging them to get the vaccine. 

This group includes people aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions. It also induces their carers as well as people who have learning disabilities.

This comes as latest government figures have revealed that 23.6 million people have received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 

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Britain’s vaccination programme is ‘envy of the world’, cabinet minister claims

Britain’s vaccination programme is the “envy of the world”, the Scottish secretary Alister Jack will claim as the latest government figures showed over 23.6 million people have received a first dose.

Paying tribute to the NHS and the armed services who have helped administer Covid-19 jabs, the cabinet minister will describe the rollout so far as a “truly astonishing achievement, a task on a scale that dwarfs anything since the war”.

Ashley Cowburn has more here:

Eleanor Sly14 March 2021 09:12

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