The United Kingdom has surpassed the milestone of administering 85 million COVID-19 vaccines, the government announced on Aug. 1.
“In under eight months, health services across the UK have delivered more than 85 million doses — this is a phenomenal achievement. It has shown Britain at its best,” Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement.
According to the government, 88.6% of the adult population — 46,851,145 people — have received the first dose while 72.5% of the population — 38,345,841 — have received the second dose, bringing the total to 85,196,986.
Data from the government showed that 38,858 first doses and 212,159 second doses were administered on July 31.
Data from the Public Health England and Cambridge University showed that the vaccines have prevented about 60,000 deaths, 22 million infections, and 52,600 hospitalizations up to July 23.
The milestone comes as the government announced that ride-hailing and food delivery companies — Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo, and Pizza Pilgrims — will offer discounts and incentives to urge people to get vaccinated.
“We’re proud to be working with the government on this important campaign to encourage everyone to get their jab,” Jamie Heywood, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, said in a statement.
The UK also reported 24,470 new COVID-19 cases and 65 new deaths on Aug. 1, bringing the tallies to 5,880,667 cases and 129,719 deaths.
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