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Covid: in the United Kingdom, vaccines drop the number of hospitalizations


Posted on Feb 22, 2019 2021 at 17:52Updated Feb 22, 2019 2021 at 19:36

Number of new daily cases, hospitalizations, or deaths: even if Boris Johnson wants to be cautious, all indicators of the pandemic are now on the decline across the Channel. Thanks to the third confinement announced in early January, of course, which made it possible to stop the progression of the virus and its variant by allowing hospitals to hold out. But also thanks to the vaccination campaign, which has already made it possible to administer at least one dose to one in three adults in the United Kingdom. In total, 17.58 million Britons have already received it, although only 615,148 have also received a second injection.

The British government’s strategy has been criticized by its European neighbors. It consisted in approving the vaccines of Pfizer and AstraZeneca in December thanks to an accelerated procedure, where the EU preferred to play it safe by following the normal procedure. It was then to postpone the injection of the second dose for up to twelve weeks regardless of the vaccine, in order to reach as many people as possible with the first, although Pfizer recommended instead three weeks between the two. taken of his vaccine. It finally consisted in injecting the AstraZeneca vaccine (which the United Kingdom has in large quantities, with 2 million doses delivered each week) without distinction of age, where its European neighbors, believing to lack data for the moment, preferred not to offer it to over 65s.



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