UK military ready to deliver 100 000 vaccine doses a day - defence secretary

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Britains Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, wearing a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus, arrives to attend a service to mark the centenary of the burial of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey in central London.
Britains Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, wearing a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus, arrives to attend a service to mark the centenary of the burial of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey in central London.
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Britain's armed forces could administer 100 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine a day if required, helping immunise millions of vulnerable people before the spring, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Thursday.

Wallace said he had already authorised 130 military planners and personnel to work with the health service on ramping up the vaccine rollout, and more staff could be used to administer the vaccine itself.

"I've also got plans for up to 250 teams of mobile medically-trained personnel who could go out and administer the vaccine around the country - that would be over 100 000 a day they could potentially deliver if that is requested by the NHS (National Health Service)," he told Times Radio.

Britain approved a vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca on Wednesday, and will start using it on Monday in addition to the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine already in use.


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