Syringe shortage hampers Japan's COVID-19 vaccination roll out

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More than 14 million Britons have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine so far, and uptake stands at around 90 per cent.

Dix runs the body that decides which vaccines the United Kingdom government should buy, and gave assurances that vaccines would arrive at the rate promised by the government.

Australia has secured 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is enough to vaccinate 10 million people.

"I want many people to receive the vaccine, once we have an accurate understanding of the benefits and risks", he told reporters.

Officials said that the first inoculations will use the vaccine developed by the United States pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and the German partner BioNTech taking place at the National Hospital Organisation Tokyo Medical Centre.

Mr Hunt said the vaccines will undergo 'security and quality assurance, in particular to ensure that temperature maintenance has been preserved throughout the course of the flight, to ensure the integrity of the doses, and to ensure there has been no damage'.

Britain now has orders placed for 457m doses of vaccines produced by seven different companies.

He said so far, clinical information on this vaccine had been positive and based on the recommendation of the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV), the Cabinet had made a decision to purchase this vaccine.

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The state's vaccine rollout has come under fire from some, but officials say the rollout is hampered only because of a limited supply.

A batch of the vaccines was smuggled overseas, but it is not known where they were sent to.

"Once we've taken away the severity of the disease, we then need to think about what a proportionate response looks like".

The UK's medicines regulatory body last month authorised the Moderna vaccine for emergency use, making it the third jab to be get the green light among the UK's vaccine portfolio.

Studies have also indicated that the vaccines supplied by the two companies are, on average, 94% effective against the virus.

Other doses of the vaccine were allegedly administered directly by the alleged criminal syndicate, which reportedly set up fake vaccination clinics and charged people a cash fee for vaccination or shipped them to "village doctors", who ran vaccination programs in remote locations.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to outline a route map out of the lockdown on February 22, saying he hopes schools can reopen on March 8.

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