Feb 28, 2021

Budget 2021: Extra £1.6bn for UK's Covid vaccination rollout

Over 20 million people in the UK have had a first dose and NHS England is now asking 60 to 63-year-olds to book jabs. Mr Sunak will pledge to put £28m from the Vaccine Taskforce's existing funding into expanding the UK's vaccine testing capability and ability to quickly acquire samples of new coronavirus variants. £5m will be used by the Centre for Process Innovation in Darlington to acquire a "Library" of Covid vaccines to use in its work against different variants. The latest government figures show 20,089,551 people in the UK have now had a first dose, while 796,132 have had a second. From Monday, nearly two million people aged 60 to 63 in England will start receiving letters inviting them to book their vaccine.

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