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Coronavirus Bristol: mass vaccination center ready to accept its first patients


Key workers are some of the first to be vaccinated against coronavirus at a mass vaccine center in Newcastle as the government accelerates the distribution of shocks in hopes of ending lockdown by spring.

The people were injected on Saturday at the Life Science Center in Newcastle – one of seven centers due to be open to the elderly and the vulnerable on Monday.

It comes after Boris Johnson promised to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people a day by Friday with a goal of dying 13 million people before Easter, which can ease lockdown restrictions considerably.

The mass vaccination centers in Newcastle, Manchester, London, Stevenage, Surrey, Bristol and Birmingham can treat up to four people per minute and will work with family doctor practices and other facilities to meet the prime minister's ambitious goal.

Pictures also showed the interior of the center in Bristiol as it stood ready and waited – full of vaccine bottles and waiting for the first patients to arrive.

Jabs are being rolled out as 1,035 people are believed to have died of coronavirus in the UK on Saturday. Another 59,937 people tested positive.

The 94-year-old Queen and 99-year-old Prince Philip were also among the 1.5 million people across the UK who had received the sting since the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in December.

In other coronavirus developments today:

  • Rishi Sunak could postpone tax hikes until next fall allegedly believing it is the "wrong time" for her but will end the stamp duty holidays in March;
  • Police vow to impose fines "much faster" as scientists accuse the public of not following the rules as closely as they were when it was first blocked.
  • Coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes more than doubled in 14 days during the New Year period after it was found that only 10 percent of residents had been vaccinated.
  • Some schools are still more than half full as attendance levels are much higher than when they were first closed and Parents are encouraged To keep children at home whenever possible;
  • Doctors in overcrowded London hospitals must "decide who will be treated in the intensive care unit and prioritize young people with the highest chance of survival".
  • The police, who fined two women £ 200 for a socially distant country walk, are beaten up by a former police chief who says, "If the police don't act fairly, the public will not comply."
  • Dozens of anti-lockdown protesters are confronted by police as they march on Clapham Common and sing "Take back your freedom".

Alex Morton, 27, from Cramlington, receives her Covid-19 vaccine along with other health and social workers at the Life Science Center in Newcastle

North Shields key worker Mark Reid receives the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center at the Center for Life in Newcastle

North Shields key worker Mark Reid receives the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center at the Center for Life in Newcastle

Health and medical workers wait in a post-vaccination observation area after receiving their Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccinations

Health and medical workers wait in a post-vaccination observation area after receiving their Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccinations

Nursing staff picks up the details of a key worker while she waits for the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

Nursing staff picks up the details of a key worker while she waits for the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

A key worker is waiting to be asked to get her Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Newcastle

A key worker is waiting to be asked to get her Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Newcastle

Key staff wait in the post-vaccination observation area after receiving the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center at the Center for Life in Newcastle

Key staff wait in the post-vaccination observation area after receiving the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center at the Center for Life in Newcastle

Empty chairs have been placed a meter apart in the waiting area of ​​Bristol's huge stadium, which normally houses Bristol City FC. and the Bristol Bears

Empty chairs have been placed a meter apart in the waiting area of ​​Bristol's huge stadium, which normally houses Bristol City FC. and the Bristol Bears

Photos of the Ashton Gate Stadium show desks hidden behind partitions so that the vaccinated can have some privacy from those waiting for the push

Photos of the Ashton Gate Stadium show desks hidden behind partitions so that the vaccinated can have some privacy from those waiting for the push

The UK has since approved the use of the Oxford University / AstraZeneca sting along with a vaccine against the coronavirus developed by Moderna.

The news of the vaccination of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is unusual at Buckingham Palace, who rarely comment on the royal couple's private health issues.

It is understood that the Queen decided to make the information public to avoid inaccuracies and further speculation.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh receive a Covid vaccine: the 94-year-old monarch and 99-year-old Prince Philip are vaccinated at Windsor Castle

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received the Covid-19 vaccination today at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace.

The 94-year-old monarch and 99-year-old Prince Philip have joined more than 1.5 million people across the UK who have received the sting since the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in December.

The UK has since approved the use of the Oxford University / AstraZeneca sting along with a vaccine against the coronavirus developed by Moderna.

The news of the vaccination of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is unusual at Buckingham Palace, who rarely comment on the royal couple's private health issues.

It is understood that the Queen decided to make the information public to avoid inaccuracies and further speculation.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received Covid-19 vaccinations today."

When asked by MailOnline, however, the palace refused to indicate which of the two available vaccines the couple had received.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received Covid-19 vaccinations today."

When asked by MailOnline, however, the palace refused to indicate which of the two available vaccines the couple had received.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that seven mass coronavirus vaccination centers would be opening next week to help turbo-chargers bump millions of people and get Britain out of a relentless cycle of lockdowns.

The hubs will be located in sports venues, conference centers and a science park in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Stevenage, Bristol, Surrey and Newham in central London. They are run by NHS staff and volunteers.

Number 10 has not yet announced how many vaccinations will be held at the huge venues, but they are expected to increase to tens of thousands each per week as MailOnline understands. It is a minimum requirement for a public vaccination center to manage 1,000 weekly doses and these centers will be among the largest in the UK. It has already been claimed that they can dispense 5,000 doses a day.

The UK is hoping to have around 13 million people vaccinated against Covid-19 by mid-February in its largest vaccination campaign to date, with a focus on the elderly, health and care workers and people with serious illnesses.

If that is achieved, the current national lockdown – the toughest since March 2020 – can be eased, but experts have warned they will need to speed up the roll-out to meet the ambitious target.

Politicians have tried to shift the blame for disruptions to initial vaccine supplies from Oxford and Pfizer, with Boris Johnson first blaming quality checks by the MHRA and Matt Hancock and later trying to attribute difficulties to limited production capacity.

The Minister of Health said in Parliament: "The determining factor is the amount of juice actually available, the actual vaccine, which is not made like a chemical but effectively … a biological product." He described the vaccine manufacturing process as "complicated and difficult".

And Britain felt envious when Europe approved the Moderna vaccine and will begin receiving supplies of the 95 percent effective vaccine starting next week, while the British have to wait until March because officials haven't pre-ordered it.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman announced that mass vaccination centers had been set up in the country.

All the necessary equipment appears to have been brought into the stadium ahead of Monday's opening, when hundreds of elderly Bristolians will be protected from the virus that has killed 79,833 people in the UK so far

All the necessary equipment appears to have been brought into the stadium ahead of Monday's opening, when hundreds of elderly Bristolians will be protected from the virus that has killed 79,833 people in the UK so far

Vaccination booths at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted earlier this week that the vaccination schedule needs to be sped up, as figures suggest that only one in ten nursing home residents and 14 percent of staff have been vaccinated to date

Vaccination booths at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted earlier this week that the vaccination schedule needs to be sped up, as figures suggest that only one in ten nursing home residents and 14 percent of staff have been vaccinated to date

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that seven mass coronavirus vaccination centers would be opening next week to help turbo-chargers bump millions of people and get Britain out of a relentless cycle of lockdowns. In the picture, barriers have been placed in front of the queues of people waiting for the vaccine

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that seven mass coronavirus vaccination centers would be opening next week to help turbo-chargers bump millions of people and get Britain out of a relentless cycle of lockdowns. In the picture, barriers have been placed in front of the queues of people waiting for the vaccine

The UK is hoping to have around 13 million people vaccinated against Covid-19 by mid-February in its largest vaccination campaign to date, with a focus on the elderly, health and care workers and people with serious illnesses. In the picture vaccination booths at Ashton Gate Stadium

The UK is hoping to have around 13 million people vaccinated against Covid-19 by mid-February in its largest vaccination campaign to date, with a focus on the elderly, health and care workers and people with serious illnesses. In the picture vaccination booths at Ashton Gate Stadium

The UK felt envious when Europe approved the Moderna vaccine and will begin receiving supplies of the 95 percent effective vaccine starting next week, while the British have to wait until March because officials have not pre-ordered it. Pictured is a vaccination booth at Ashton Gate Stadium

The UK felt envious when Europe approved the Moderna vaccine and will begin receiving supplies of the 95 percent effective vaccine starting next week, while the British have to wait until March because officials have not pre-ordered it. Pictured is a vaccination booth at Ashton Gate Stadium

Above are the locations of the seven mass vaccination centers that will start operating next week

Above are the locations of the seven mass vaccination centers that will start operating next week

The Health Service Journal previously reported that the NHS was considering setting up more than 40 Covid mass vaccination centers and planning to hire up to 40,000 employees. In the picture the equipment has been brought to Ashton Gate Stadium

The Health Service Journal previously reported that the NHS was considering setting up more than 40 Covid mass vaccination centers and planning to hire up to 40,000 employees. In the picture the equipment has been brought to Ashton Gate Stadium

Boxes of vials of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine in a refrigerator at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, one of seven mass vaccination centers that opens Monday next week

Boxes of vials of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine in a refrigerator at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, one of seven mass vaccination centers that opens Monday next week

The Etihad Tennis Center in Manchester and Epsom Racecourse in Surrey will be used for vaccine dispensing alongside Robertson House, Stevenage, the Center for Life in Newcastle, Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol and Millenium Point in Birmingham.

EUROPE APPROVES MODERNA JAB … BUT THERE ARE NO BORDERS TO THE UK

The European Medicines Agency today approved Moderna's coronavirus vaccine and will start receiving supplies starting next week thanks to a contract it signed last summer.

However, the UK will miss out on early access to the vaccine as it officially left the EU last week and did not place its own order early enough to receive exclusive delivery.

UK regulators were in no hurry to approve the vaccine when Phase 3 trials were completed late last year as it could not be shipped until the spring.

You will now need to do your own assessment of the sting, as the automatic transfer of EU-issued licenses ended with Brexit.

Moderna's push, which appears to be as good as Pfizer / BioNTech's and works in the same way, is already being used by the public in the US.

The U.S. received initial dibs for delivering the sting in exchange for funding its research and development, and other countries were offered deliveries in early 2021.

Experts from the European Medicines Agency today awarded the vaccine their seal of approval and the European Commission signed a contract for 180 million doses.

Europe signed a contract in August and shipments of the first batches will begin next week, Moderna confirmed today. The company is still in talks with the UK.

Scientists in the UK said there was no mistake not to order Moderna's vaccine sooner as it would have been a gamble to order a different vaccine like Pfizer's, both of which use the same technology that had never been tried before Covid-19 had been.

But with Britain trying to vaccinate millions of people every week now, and fears of being handicapped by supply shortages, an extra push could have been a boon.

The Press Association news agency reported that five other sites are also considered vaccination centers.

These were Derby Arena, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, Malverns Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire, Villa Park, home of Aston Villa FC, and Leicester Racecourse.

The Health Service Journal previously reported that the NHS was considering setting up more than 40 Covid mass vaccination centers and planning to hire up to 40,000 employees.

It comes after the Morrisons supermarket chain confirmed that parking lots in three stores in Yeovil, Wakefield and Winsford will be running drive-through vaccinations starting Monday. Another 47 will be offered to the government.

Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has also offered the NHS the use of its stadium as a venue for the introduction of the coronavirus vaccine.

High street pharmacies like Superdrug and Boots will be handing out vaccines starting next week, and other companies have come out of the woodworks to offer their premises for sticky bars.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society said there were thousands of pharmacies on Main Street "ready, ready and able" to help launch the program. A mammoth of 3 million Brits per week would have to be pushed if Boris Johnson wants to achieve his goal of relaxing the lockdown rules by mid-February.

It is getting louder that the process is speeding up dramatically – with concerns that local chemists and other facilities are underutilizing.

The Royal College of GPs warned Number 10 to break down its "bureaucratic barriers" and recruit pharmacists if the launch is to be a success, while the National Pharmacy Association claimed it was a breeze for local chemists to be brought in because of the board Nation "cried out for convenient access to vaccine".

Sandra Gidley, president of the RPS, said small pharmacies could help dispense an additional 1 million doses per week and support the delayed rollout. She told BBC Radio 4 Today, “We are used to giving up the flu vaccine. You have an army of trained vaccines ready, ready, and able to play and play a role.

& # 39; With the AstraZeneca vaccine, there is no reason why this couldn't be done through community pharmacies. There are over 11,000 pharmacies. If each of them do 20 a day, that's 1.3 million extra vaccines a week that can be provided, very often to those who are hardest to reach. Why shouldn't a government want that? & # 39;

London's Excel Center, now a Nightingale Hospital

Epsom Racecourse, Surrey

London's Excel Center [left] and Epsom Racecourse in Surrey [right] are both used as mass vaccination centers, the Prime Minister said

The news of the vaccination of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is unusual at Buckingham Palace, who rarely comment on the royal couple's private health issues

The news of the vaccination of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh is unusual at Buckingham Palace, who rarely comment on the royal couple's private health issues