The Jewish Chronicle
After becoming the first country to approve a vaccine for use, the UK Government has bought vaccines on behalf of all parts of the UK and distributed them around Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Today we have three authorised vaccines for Covid-19 — that’s more than any other country in the world. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible, while reducing the hospitalisations that create such pressure on the NHS.
The UK is vaccinating more than double the rate per person, per day, of any other country in Europe.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history and we’ve protected more people through vaccinations than all other countries in Europe put together.
Across the UK, millions of people have received at least the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine.
NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland, and Health and Social Care Northern
Ireland have decades of experience in delivering large-scale vaccination programmes, while the Army continues to support the delivery of vaccines across the UK — from Aberystwyth to Aberdeen.
Approved vaccines will continue to be available across the UK, free at the point of delivery, according to need, not ability to pay.
The UK Government has successfully procured vaccines on behalf of all parts of the country and is working with the Devolved Administrations to prioritise citizens who are at greatest risk.
Vaccination is managed by the health services in each nation: NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland, and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland.
The UK government is working closely with the Devolved Administrations to ensure an aligned approach to Covid-19 vaccine deployment across the UK
The UK Government has invested more than £300 million into manufacturing successful vaccines and has bought vaccines on behalf of the DAs, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories at no charge.
So far, the UK Government has secured access to a total of 457 million vaccine doses for all nations of the UK through agreements with eight separate vaccine developers, giving the UK the best chance of securing a safe and effective vaccine at the quickest speed.