Oxford vaccine: Germany’s halt of rollout discussed by expert
The latest chart from ElectionMapsUK using the latest figures from the Government and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed 24.45 million people in the UK had received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine as of March 14. Nearly 23 million people throughout the country or 43.4 percent of the UK adult population had received their first dose of a vaccine. The figures also state 1.61 million people or 3.1 percent of the total adult population across all four nations have already been administered with both vaccine doses.
Just over half (53.6 percent or 28.232 million people) had yet to receive a vaccine.
In Wales, when calculating the doses per 100 people, this stood at 55.0, compared to 49.5 in England, 47.1 in Northern Ireland and 46.7 in Scotland.
Meanwhile, the latest figures collated by Our World In Data showed that as of Monday morning, less than 50 million people had received a vaccine dose – despite the bloc consisting of 27 member states and 448 million people.
This is counted as a single dose, and may not equal the total number of people vaccinated, depending on the specific dose regime.
The UK has raced ahead of the EU with Covid vaccinations
Close to 25 million people in the UK had received at least one dose of the vaccine as of March 14
But the latest figures further show the EU’s chaotic vaccine rollout, which has been blighted by shortages due to problems producing vaccines, including the jab from drugmaker AstraZeneca.
Brussels has come in for intense criticism over its vaccine rollout at a time when former member state Britain is able to ease restrictions as its inoculation programme continues to accelerate.
The EU has so far signed agreements with six vaccine makers and is participating in ongoing talks with two others
In total, it has approved four vaccines but the early production issues have dramatically slowed its inoculation campaign.
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More than 43 percent of the UK adult population have received their first vaccine dose
On Monday, Germany, France and Italy said they would suspend the vaccine jabs from AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots after several countries reported possible serious side-effects.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said: “This is a professional decision, not a political one,” adding he was following a recommendation of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Germany’s vaccine regulator.
French President Emmanuel Macron said: “The decision taken, in conformity also with our European policy, is to suspend, out of precaution, vaccination with the AZ shot, hoping that we can resume quickly if the EMA’s guidance allows.”
Gianni Rezza, Director General of Prevention at Italy’s Ministry of Health, said: “The EMA will meet soon to clarify any doubts so that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be resumed safely in the vaccination campaign as soon as possible.”
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France has paused the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine
The WHO’s director-general has played down fears over the AstraZeneca vaccine
Last week, Denmark and Norway stopped giving the jab to their millions of residents after reporting cases of bleeding, blood clots and a low platelet count.
Iceland and Bulgaria quickly followed suit, with Ireland and the Netherlands then announcing their own suspensions of the vaccine on Sunday.
Spain is also reported to be considering not using the vaccine for at least 15 days, Cadena Ser radio claimed citing unnamed sources.
But leading medical experts have played down fears around the side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine, and have urged people not to panic.
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WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a virtual media briefing: “This does not necessarily mean these events are linked to COVID-19 vaccination, but it’s routine practice to investigate them, and it shows that the surveillance system works and that effective controls are in place.”
Despite several European countries suspending the use of the AstraZeneca jab, the WHO’s top scientist insisted there had been no documented deaths linked to COVID-19 vaccines.
Soumya Swaminathan told the briefing: “We do not want people to panic.”
The WHO’s leading scientist added no association had so far been found between the “thromboembolic events” reported in some countries and Covid jabs.