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UK speeds up vaccinations: All adults get 1st jab by July 31

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 12:10:15-05

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of coronavirus vaccine by July 31, at least a month earlier than its previous target.

In addition, the goal is for everyone over 50 or with an underlying health condition to get a shot by April 15, rather than the previous target of May 1.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that "we now think that we have the supplies" to speed up the vaccination campaign.

More than 17.5 million people in Britain have been given the first of two doses of vaccine.

Britain has had more than 120,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest toll in Europe.