The UK has seen a new record for the most coronavirus jabs given out over 24 hours, the second time in consecutive days that figure has been broken.
A total of 711,156 doses were given across the UK on Friday, vaccinations minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed on Saturday. 589,675 of those were first doses and 121,481 were second.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of those to have their first vaccine after he was given the AstraZeneca jab at St Thomas’ Hospital on Friday.
The previous record was set on Thursday when a total of 660,276 doses were administered – 528,260 first jabs and 132,016 second doses.
A total of 26,853,407 people have now had a first dose of the vaccine and 2,132,551 have had their second jab.
The UK also reported another 96 deaths within 28 days of a positive death on Saturday, and a further 5,587 cases.
On Saturday, it emerged that more than half of the UK’s adult population had now received their first dose, a milestone hailed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “fantastic achievement”.
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That means Britain and Northern Ireland are around five million short of reaching the second target – vaccinating the first nine priority groups by 15 April. Current progress suggests that target will be met ahead of time.
As the UK set its daily vaccine record, thousands of anti-lockdown campaigners, many not wearing face masks, gathered in London and marched down Oxford Street to Whitehall.
A group of more than 60 MPs and MPs also urged Home Secretary Priti Patel in a letter on Saturday to relax COVID-19 restrictions for protests to take place.
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