First AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines arrive at UK hospital as efforts to protect vulnerable people intensify

Batches of the newly approved coronavirus vaccine from the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca began arriving at hospitals ahead of the vaccine’s rollout on Monday. Some 530,000 doses of the vaccine will be available across the UK from Monday, with vulnerable groups already identified as priorities for vaccination. One of the first hospitals to take delivery of a batch on Saturday was Princess Royal Hospital at Haywards Heath, part of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr George Findlay, chief medical officer and deputy managing director of the trust, said the vaccination program has given NHS staff “more confidence” to get into work. Since it can be stored at normal refrigerator temperature, he said the vaccine was “much easier” to administer compared to the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, which requires a cold room of around minus 70 ° C. The deployment The Pfizer / BioNTech jab began almost a month ago, with more than a million people having already received their first coronavirus jab. Find out more: Subscribe to The Telegraph on YouTube ► Get the latest headlines: and are websites of The Telegraph, the UK’s top-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture. .
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