COVID-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca to supply 2 million vaccine doses a week in UK

London: A member of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine team expects 2 million doses will be supplied each week in the U.K. from the middle of January, the Times of London reported.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier this week that only 530,000 doses of the vaccine would be ready on Monday.

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Pace of production

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The Oxford team is frustrated that the poor state of the country’s manufacturing capacity has affected the pace of production, the newspaper said, citing the group member.

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The U.K.’s scientific advisers estimate that 2 million vaccinations a week are needed, on top of a lockdown including school closures, to prevent pressure on intensive-care units from exceeding the levels of the first wave, the Times reported.

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The U.K. has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, according to the newspaper.

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