Britain gearing to start vaccine distribution before Christmas

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The British NHS is getting geared to start distributing any possible COVID-19 vaccines before Christmas. This is being done just in case one of the vaccine candidates is completed by end of year.

The announcement was done by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England on BBC radio.

“There are over two hundred vaccines in development… we should hopefully get one or more of those available, certainly from the first part of next year”, Stevens said.

He added that in anticipation of that, the NHS is also gearing up to be ready to make a start on administering COVID vaccines before Christmas if they become available.

The United Kingdom reported 397 new deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest daily figure since May 27, as the government prepares to introduce a national lockdown in England to stop a wave of infections threatening the health service.

The UK is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day. Scientists have warned a worst-case scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded this winter.