The government aims to offer a first jab to all adults in the UK by the end of July, with one in three adults already vaccinated.
The Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines were shown to reduce the risk of hospitalisation from coronavirus in Scotland by up to 85% and 94%, respectively.
Lead researcher Professor Aziz Sheikh said the results were “very, very” impressive and both vaccines were working “spectacularly”.
And that the results are “very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future”.
Professor Aziz Sheikh, Edinburgh University Image
The health secretary reiterated the government’s new plan to offer a jab to adults aged 50 and over and those in the top nine priority groups by 15 April, followed by all adults by the end of July.
More than 17 million people have now received a vaccine since the rollout began in December last year.
It was reported yesterday that another 215 people have sadly passed away due to the virus and 9,834 new cases were reported. There have now been over 140,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
It was reported that more than 1,000 people in the UK died of Covid on average each day in January, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic so far by the government’s count.