The United Kingdom has reached a milestone of administering over 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses on May 23.
“Shortly after vaccinating over 70% of adults in the UK with a first dose, we have hit yet another incredible milestone with over 60 million doses delivered in total,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement.
Around 37.9 million people have received their first dose while 22.6 million people have received both doses as of May 23, the government announced.
The latest figures came after the UK administered 762,361 vaccines last May 22, the second highest daily vaccinations since its inoculation program.
The previous record was at 547,636 doses last April 24. The highest daily vaccinations was at 844,285 doses last March 20.
“This comes as new real-world data shows the vaccines are reducing hospitalizations and deaths, saving more than 13,000 lives and preventing 39,100 hospitalizations in England by May 9,” the government said in a statement.
“The vaccine is saving thousands of lives and provides invaluable protection from this virus, so when you get the offer please come forward for the jab,” Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi stated, describing the milestone as a “phenomenal achievement.”
The government also recorded 2,235 new cases on May 23, bringing the total to 4,462,538 since the pandemic began last year.
The government also recorded five new deaths within 28 days of a positive test, bringing the death toll to 127,721.
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