Deliveries of the stitch will be sent to more than 700 GP-run services and nursing homes after being launched in six hospital trusts

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An 82-year-old male becomes the first person in the world to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine since it was approved for use in the UK

Brian Pinker, a dialysis patient with kidney disease at Churchill Hospital in Oxford, was the first to receive the sting on Monday morning

The retired maintenance manager said he was looking forward to his 48th birthday Spending her wedding anniversary in February with his wife Shirley

The second person to receive the sting was Trevor Cowlett, an 88-year-old music teacher, while the third person was Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and pediatrician at Oxford University Hospitals

Around 53000 doses of Oxford University Jab will initially be launched in six hospital trusts in Oxford, Sussex, Lancashire, Warwickshire and two in London

The majority of supplies are then sent to more than 700 GP-run services and nursing homes

The government hopes to dispense tens of millions of doses within months with a reported goal of administering two million a week

It is the second vaccine to be launched in the UK after the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine on Aug. First administered to grandmother Margaret Keenan of four on December 31st

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News it was “a great UK success story starting today”

“It’s not about guilt, it’s about how we as a society together keep this under control for the next few months until the vaccines can get us to safety, “he said

“We obviously have the very positive news this morning that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been launched – it is a triumph of British science that we managed to get where we are, but this new variant make it”In the meantime, it’s a lot harder to control the virus”

He added that as of today, “700 vaccination sites are open across the UK and will be over 1 by the end of the weekWill be 000 “

Mr Hancock had previously said: “This is a crucial moment in our fight against this terrible virus and I hope it gives everyone hope again that the end of this pandemic is in sight”

To date, around one million people in the UK have received the other approved vaccine, made by Pfizer and BioNTech

The on 30 December-approved vaccine from Oxford-AstraZeneca is cheaper and easier to store and transport

Moving away from practices in the US and elsewhere, the UK plans to give patients the second dose of both vaccines within 12 weeks of the first shot instead of 21 days in order to get the vaccinations on as many people as possible as quickly as possible speed up as possible

The government’s assistant chief physician, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said on Sunday that a decision “is right for the entire nation” “

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of the NHS England, described the introduction of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as “yet another turning point on our way out of this pandemic”

Britain received 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine under its contract – enough for most of the population

The proliferation of the new, more transmissible variant has forced the government to prioritize giving the first dose of the vaccine to as many people as possible, rather than focusing on giving a smaller group of people the full two doses first

After his push, Mr Pinker said, “I am very excited about today’s COVID vaccine and very proud that it was invented in Oxford

“The nurses, doctors and staff today have all been brilliant and I can now look forward to my 48th birthday later this year Celebrating wedding anniversary with my wife Shirley “

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer of the NHS Foundation Trust at Oxford University Hospitals, who administered the vaccine to Mr Pinker, said: “It was a real privilege to have the first Oxford vaccine delivered at Churchill Hospital here in Oxford Just a few hundred meters from where it was developed

“We look forward to vaccinating many more patients, health and nursing staff with the Oxford vaccine in the coming weeks This will make a world of difference for the people in the communities we serve and the staff who care for them in our hospitals””

The UK is currently battling an acute outbreak and has seen more than 50 daily for the past six days000 new COVID-19 infections

Another 54 turned out on Sunday990 cases and 454 virus-related deaths reported – the official death toll from the virus rose to 75024

It’s more accessible and affordable This vaccine can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures, which means transportation and distribution are not the logistical challenge of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine

Hospitals first and then straight to the GP hubs for mass introduction It can also go to nursing homes

The second dose does not have to be given for up to 12 weeks which is a much longer window so the government can focus on getting more people to only get the first dose, which still offers a high level of protection

This is the vaccine that has been government sponsored from the start A proprietary contribution that should mean there should be no supply issues Hopefully there is no delay between production and actually being taken into the arms of the people

While there was a feeling of euphoria with the launch of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine last month in Coventry, today’s milestone was a much more subdued affair

I think this is because we understand that we are experiencing a deadly increase in infections. Hospitals are being overflown with admissions and staff are under more pressure than during the first wave

We know this vaccination program is critical to getting us out of the pandemic, but we won’t see its effects until late spring

Our scientists have summed up years of work into months It’s an incredible feat.But all of these life-saving efforts will mean a lot less unless they are accompanied by the same determination and urgency to immunize as many people as possible as soon as possible let

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