UK To Adapt Vaccination Program to Indian COVID-19 Strain

The United Kingdom will adapt its vaccine rollout to protect people more quickly, in areas where a coronavirus variant first detected in India has emerged, the vaccine minister said on Friday.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said that the government would step up its testing in areas where the new variant had emerged.

All residents of an area were asked to get a PCR test given that virus variants are circulating in the community as the authorities would want to assess how widespread they were.

He further said that they will do “whatever it takes” in the vaccination program.

“We will do whatever it takes in the vaccination program…to deliver additional enhanced protection,” Zahawi told BBC TV.

“It is clearly more infectious because infections have gone up in a week from 520 to 1,313,” he added.

The highly transmissible coronavirus variant was first detected in India and has now surfaced in countries around the world.

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