Every adult in UK could have both doses of jab by September, says Covid chief

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Health officials say every adult in the country could have the Covid jab by September – or sooner.

Every adult could receive both doses by August or September, the chief of the vaccine taskforce has said.

The UK has given 15.6million people a first dose and 546,165 a second, which is the fastest roll-out per capita of any large country, the Mirror reports.

Clive Dix, told Sky News on Tuesday: "We're probably talking August time or September time all done, maybe sooner if we need to."

He said the UK is "definitely" in a position to receive the promised supply of vaccines over the next few months to meet target.

He added: "We are confident within the vaccine taskforce now that the supply we're going to get will take to us to a position where we can vaccinate as many people as the UK wants to vaccinate."

The UK is in a race to vaccinate the most vulnerable people as new mutant Covd strains emerge.

Almost 118,000 people have died of coronavirus in the UK so far since the pandemic began.

However, numbers have begun to move in a promising direction in 2021, with daily deaths and cases steadily falling following ongoing lockdowns and vaccination efforts.

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The NHS is prioritising nine most at-risk groups, including clinically vulnerable, the elderly, as well as frontline health and care workers.

The vaccination target is to have the five top priority groups to receive the jab by April, then all remaining adults by autumn.

Mr Dix said vaccines could be approved in just six to eight weeks if new variants that impact their efficacy are discovered, rather than the year it took previously for the first vaccines.

He explained he thought "you could get to 40 days to having it tested in the clinic and know it works".

Tory backbenchers have been pressuring the Prime Minister to end lockdowns once those key groups have received the Covid jab.

But Boris Johnson made it clear he is balancing demand for an end to the shutdown along with advice from scientific advisers.

In a public address on Monday, he told the nation that he could not promise England's third lockdown would be its last due to new variants emerging.

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